Melton charity football match will remember baby boy Bobby

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A charity football match will kick off on Bank Holiday Monday in memory of a baby boy who was born asleep last year.

Melton side Avin a Laff Utd will playing against a selected XI at the All England Ground, off Saxby Road, kick off 10.30am.

Later on there will be a charity race night and barbecue at the Harboro Hotel - sponsors of Avin a Laff Utd.

Half of all the money raised will go towards helping to pay for little Bobby Keith Richard Barnard’s headstone, with the other half going to the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands. Bobby was born sleeping on September 29 at 42 weeks.

Bobby’s dad, Luke (27), and uncle, Lewis (28), both play for Avin A Laff Utd who achieved the double this season by winning the Melton and District Sunday League title and the Melton Sunday League Cup.

It was Bobby’s grandma, Alison, who initially suggested the charity match idea and since then Lewis and close mates Kieran and Josh have been busy setting it all up.

Lewis, who works as a general administrator for TruFrame, said: “We’re a close knit bunch of friends and we just want to raise as much as we can.

“My brother Luke and his fiancee, Sarah Wilkinson, are really happy about all the support people are giving.”

Pulling on their boots for the select XI side will be friends who play for other teams as well as other people who know Luke and Lewis.

Every player taking part in the match is donating a minimum of £5 and a scratchcard with 40 horses on it is set to raise a further £100 for the causes, with the winner getting the other half. Tuxford and Tebbutt Creamery, who Luke works for, has also donated £200.

There will be a bucket collection before the match starts and at half-time, with all donations gratefully received. Anyone is welcome to attend the charity race night at the Harboro afterwards.

To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/Lewis-Barnard/ For more about Sands visit https://www.uk-sands.org