Get up close and personal with footballing stars at a charity football match in Whittlesey

Paul Danan on his Twitter page

Paul Danan on his Twitter page - Credit: Archant

Enjoy a fun family day out and raise money for a good cause at the same time when former Premier League stars and a soap opera star take on local footballers in a charity match.

Charity football match and family fun day in Whittlesey

Charity football match and family fun day in Whittlesey - Credit: Archant

Get up close and personal with stars including Darren Huckerby, Julian Joachim, Micheal Gray, Jack Collison, plus ex posh stars Marcus Ebdon, Lee Howarth, Garry Butterworth, Ryan Semple, Micky Nuttall, Andy Furnell and ex Holyoaks actor Paul Danan.

Also taking part are ex posh players Gareth Jellyman and Matthew Gill.

The football match between REC Whittlesey vs Harleys All Stars is to raise money for a Whittlesey baby with a rare condition.

Alongside the match will be gladiator duals, face painting, guess the weight of the cake, inflatable slide, food stalls and a penalty shoot out for kids.


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

In his young life his mum Emma Louise Minett, of Whittlesey, has taken him to Peterborough, Addenbrooke’s, Guy’s and Evelina Children’s Hospitals in London for treatment.

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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.

Additional signs and symptoms include weak muscle tone, sagging facial features, seizures, developmental delay, and intellectual disability. Children with Menkes syndrome typically begin to develop symptoms during infancy and often do not live past three years old.

Early treatment with copper may improve the prognosis in some youngsters.

James is currently on a waiting list for a peg to be inserted into his stomach for easier feeding.

• The charity match day is on Sunday September 4 at Whittlesey Athletics ground. Kick off 10.30am. Tickets £2 under 16s free. It is at Drybread Road, Whittlesey.

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