Erik Meijs - fund to support surviving family and unborn child

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As many of you are aware, on 16 November 2017, the Dutch badminton player Erik Meijs was tragically killed in a car accident near his home in Bonn. Erik was just 26 years old and his death was a terrible shock to all who knew him and to the wider badminton family. Erik leaves behind his girlfriend Birgit Overzier, a former German badminton player and three time Olympian who is six months pregnant with their first child, his Mother Karin, his father Stef, and his sister Anouk.


Erik was a hugely popular character both on and off the court and had a unique ability to get on well with everyone he met. Erik's positivity, kindness and openness shone through in everything he did and he was a natural role model to many. There is no doubt that Erik will be missed by all who knew him.


Erik's impact can be seen by the overwhelming number of messages of condolence that have been issued since his death on social media, in the press, and in person. BC Beuel, the badminton club who are proud to have had Erik as a valued member of their team, have arranged a memorial room in the Erwin-Kranz-Halle. If you would like to send any letters of condolence, please address them to: BC Beuel, Limpericher Strasse 141, 53225 Bonn. On behalf of Erik, his family and Birgit, we would like to thank you for your support.


Finally, BC Beuel would like to create a fund to support Birgit, and Birgit and Erik's unborn child Tommy Erik, during the next few critical months. For that reason, Sportstiftung NRW has opened a donations account. If you would like to make a donation, please do so using the reference Tommy Erik und Birgit Overzier and your money will be added to the fund for Birgit and her unborn child.


Donations can be made by transfer on the following bank account:

Bank: Kreissparkasse Köln

Recipient: Sportstiftung NRW

IBAN: DE24 3705 0299 0000 3606 27


Reason for payment: Tommy Erik und Birgit Overzier


If your donation is above 200 EUR and a donation receipt is required, we kindly ask for the information of the contact details to the address below:


Sportstiftung NRW

Mr Paul Stoppelkamp

Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6

50933 Köln


Telefon: +49 221 49826024