POSH stars pull out the stops for a charity match to help a Whittlesey baby with a rare condition

Whittlesey charity football match

Whittlesey charity football match - Credit: Archant

Former POSH stars are teaming up for a football match to raise money for a Whittlesey baby with a rare condition.

Expect to see sporting names including Jack Collison, Andy Furnell, Marcus Ebdon, Garry Butterworth, Lee Howarth, Matthew Gill, Gareth Jellyman and Ryan Semple.

Also Micky Nuttell, Julian Joachim, Darren Huckerby, ex Sunderland captain Micky Gray and local boxer Marcello Renda.

The match is on Sunday September 4 in a challenge by REC Whittlesey vs Harleys All Stars.

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 Minett 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.

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