Family fun to remember Tig

Christopher Askham, known as Tig, with his four-month-old daughter Isabella Grace. Mr Askham was killed in a car crash on Barnsley Road, Hemsworth, after chasing a van stolen from his dad's garage in Kinsley on Friday, 15 May 2009
Christopher Askham, known as Tig, with his four-month-old daughter Isabella Grace. Mr Askham was killed in a car crash on Barnsley Road, Hemsworth, after chasing a van stolen from his dad's garage in Kinsley on Friday, 15 May 2009

HUNDREDS of friends, family and footballers turned out to remember a Hemsworth dad who was killed in a car accident in May 2009.

Christopher ‘Tig’ Askham, 23, of Lowfield Crescent, died after losing control of his BMW while chasing a stolen van in Hemsworth.

Charity football matches held at Hemsworth Miners' Welfare FC, in memory of Christopher 'Tig' Askham, who was died in a car accident during 2009.'h5937d131

Charity football matches held at Hemsworth Miners' Welfare FC, in memory of Christopher 'Tig' Askham, who was died in a car accident during 2009.'h5937d131

Family, friends and teammates turned up at the Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare Football Club, Fitzwilliam, on Saturday to remember him.

There was a number of football matches - including Hemsworth Town against a team made up of Mr Askham’s friends, Hemsworth over 35s against Kinsley over 35s and Hemsworth MWFC versus South Kirkby - junior football, ladies rounders and several live bands.

Mr Askham, a mechanic, left behind his parents, Janet and Chris, girlfriend Ashton Reay and daughter Isabella Grace, then four months old.

Miss Reay’s dad, Steve Reay, said: “It was a really good day. More than 500 people turned up - all his young friends, his mum and dad, family on both sides and little kids.

“The weather was great, the acts were very good, everything was just lovely.

“We had a number of matches, with his friends and teammates playing, as well as three games and mini soccer for the younger ones.

“The first time we held the remembrance day it was to raise money for the family he left behind but now it is just about remembering him.

“We just all want to get together every year to make sure he is not forgotten so we have taken the emphasis off fundraising now.”

Mr Askham was chasing a van that had been stolen from his dad’s garage in Kinsley earlier that day when he collided with two cars on Barnsley Road. The van was later discovered dumped in Brierley.