Players hold charity football match as thank you to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
WHEN Sharon Powell's baby boy Liam was born, he contracted Meningitis and was given a slim chance of survival.
Nine years on, however, having benefited from the care of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Liam has grown into a healthy young lad although he still has issues with the growth of his arms.
To say a big thank you to the unit mum Sharon and stepdad Simon organised a charity football match on Sunday, raising £418.
They pitted their Brockworth-based Kendal Old Boys FC team against nearby Cooper's Edge FC, winning 4-2. The club has played charity fundraising matches every year since 2008 for causes including childhood diabetes and for the family of their league secretary who passed away through cancer.
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Simon said: "We are delighted with how much we have raised. Liam was a miracle because doctors did not hold up much hope for him when he was born but he survived and received top class care."
The couple, from Tredworth, held the game with the help of Brockworth Parish Council and Brockworth Albion FC as well as local referee Colin Hall who agreed to donate his match fee and officiate for free.
They also held a charity raffle at Brockworth Rugby Club after the game with many great prizes on offer including a professional home photo shoot.
To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/kendalcoopersedge-charitychallenge