TV celebs step out for Jack’s fundrais­ing footie match

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

STARS from X Fac­tor and Big Brother laced up their boots for a char­ity foot­ball match to help a project trans­form­ing a Nuneaton fam­ily’s life.

Jack’s Day raised around £2,400 for the Ol­dacres fam­ily, whose lit­tle boy Jack suf­fers from a rare and painful skin con­di­tion called Nether­tons.

Busi­nesses and trades­man from around the town are cur­rently help­ing to trans­form the fam­ily’s home in Stock­ing­ford by ex­tend­ing it to in­clude a spe­cial­ist wet room and hy­drother­apy suite to help ease the daily pain suf­fered by the St Paul’s Pri­mary School pupil.

Fund­ing is on­go­ing for the project but it has re­ceived a huge boost as a re­sult of the Jack’s Day.

The high­light was a foot­ball game that saw the likes of X Fac­tor win­ner Sam Bai­ley and Big Brother win­ner Ja­son Bur­rill line up along­side local foot­ballers past and present at the Stock­ing­ford Pavil­ion.

Jack’s dad Danny, a man­ager at Royal Mail, said: “We are over the moon - it couldn’t have gone any bet­ter re­ally. The weather was per­fect, so many peo­ple came along, it was fan­tas­tic.”

Sam Bai­ley is a fam­ily friend and was quick to sign up to the match, hav­ing pre­vi­ously taken part in a pre­vi­ous game for Jack.

Then, through other friends, the Big Brother 2016 win­ner Ja­son Bur­rill said he would play too – driv­ing four hours from Brighton just to take part.

“We can’t thank them both enough, they were bril­liant,” Danny added.

He and his wife Julie were also keen to thank all those who helped make the day a suc­cess, in­clud­ing Tom Atkins, Paul Hex­tall, Matthew Cawthorne and Chrissy Ridg­way from Nuneaton Round Ta­ble for ar­rang­ing the bar­be­cue, and the Stirch­ley Burger Com­pany, who do­nated all of the meat for free, and all of the staff at the Piv.

But most of all they want to thank those who came along on the day: “It was bril­liant to see so many peo­ple, we are so grate­ful,” Danny added.

“We still had be­tween 100 and 150 peo­ple at the Piv at night for the band, which was great - we can’t thank peo­ple enough.”

Hav­ing raised £40,000 for Nether­ton re­search in the past, the Ol­dacres say that once the house project has fin­ished, they will con­tinue their sup­port to help find a cure.

“This was the last match that I will or­gan­ise for Jack. We will be con­cen­trat­ing on Nether­ton re­search and other good causes in the fu­ture, so it was a fan­tas­tic way to bow out re­ally,” he con­cluded.

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