Fun day heading to Sandwell in memory of father and friend

By Megan Archer | Rowley Regis | Sandwell entertainment | Published:

A football fun day will take place in the Black Country in memory of two men who died of heart attacks.

Brothers Gurcharan (left) and Herjinder Bhujhangy are hosting the event

Brothers Gurcharan and Herjinder Bhujhangy will be hosting the event for the sixth year running on Sunday, June 3, to raise money for charity the British Heart Foundation.

Their father Dalbir Khanpur Bhujhangy died in 2008 at the age 59, and friend Harman Dhami suffered the same fate aged only 37.

Gurcharan, aged 47, said it was devastating to lose his father, followed shortly by his good friend.

Dalbir Khanpur Bhujhangy died in 2008 at the age 59

He said: "They died 10 years ago but it is still shocking now. Since then the British Heart Foundation has been a charity very close to our hearts. We wanted to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do through a charity 5-a-side football tournament.

"Our father was Dalbir Khanpur, from the legendary Bhujhangy Group - they are the world's longest running bhangra band and were founded in Smethwick in 1967.

"They have an impressive catalogue to their name having appeared in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2005 for being the pioneers of bhangra music in the UK since 1967.

Harman Dhami died age 37


"Our father always had a smile on his face and enjoyed performing live music. He was a humble but great musician with his band."

The finance worker, who works in Dudley but lives in Halesowen, is inviting teams of all ages and abilities to sign up for the event this June at Goals Blackheath.

It will run from 11.30am to 5pm and will see children and adults play football, enjoy food and take part in a charity raffle.

Adult teams cost £70 and children's teams - varying from under 8s to under 16s - cost £30, with a maximum of seven players per team.

Anyone wishing to submit a team must do so by May 21. To enter call Goals on 0121 561 3000 or Gurcharan on 07762 521 584.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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