Back of the net success! Charity football match raises £4,127 for a Whittlesey baby

Referees step out for a charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland

Referees step out for a charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

Pounds poured in when a celebrity charity football match kicked fund raising into touch at Whittlesey.

Charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography

Charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

The event raised a massive £4,127 for local 10 month old tot James Overland who suffers from a rare condition that means most children diagnosed do not live past the age of three.

One of the organisers, Colin Martin, said: “My wife Michelle needs a big thank you as she did loads organising this. Also big thanks to Simon Flanz, Shaun Harley and a special mention to Andrew Furnell.

“It went amazing, a good crowd. A big thank you goes to Paul Danan, Marcus Ebdon, Steve Slone who travelled from London.

“We were let down by one ex player who had to help his mum move but he is donating a prize and cash donation.”

Mayor Councillor Alex Miscandlon kicks off a charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for

Mayor Councillor Alex Miscandlon kicks off a charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant


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The day saw former Premier League players take on REC Whittlesey in a match that was refereed by Peterborogh refs.

The score was Harley’s All Stars 3 - Rec Whittlesey 1.

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The match also included lots to do for families with gladiator duals, face painting, guess the weight of the cake, inflatable slide, food stalls and a penalty shoot out for kids.

The day raised money for seven month old James who has Menkes syndrome, a condition with no cure.

Players at the charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Pho

Players at the charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

Menkes syndrome is a disorder that affects copper levels in the body. It is characterized by sparse hair, failure to gain weight and grow at the expected rate and deterioration of the nervous system.

Children with Menkes syndrome typically begin to develop symptoms during infancy and often do not live past three years old.

Charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography

Charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

Family fun day and charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT

Family fun day and charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

Family fun day and charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT

Family fun day and charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

Family fun day and charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT

Family fun day and charity football match in Whittlesey raising funds for baby James Overland by RWT Photography - Credit: Archant

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