A local football team have selected The Sick Children’s Trust as their charity partner this season as thanks for supporting a team member’s family after the birth of his second son in 2010.
The Sunday League team, who play in the Southend Borough Combination Veterans League, kicked off their fundraising challenge with a charity raffle at the team’s annual presentation evening, scoring over £1,100 for The Sick Children’s Trust.
Over the course of the next season, Chalkwell United hope to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity as thanks for supporting player Ian Cowen and his wife Louise with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation over 40 miles from home when their son, Lewie, required lifesaving surgery at just one day old.
Louise’s 20 week scan showed that her unborn baby had a rare condition called exomphalos which meant his bowels were protruding through a hole in his abdomen and were inside a sac. Doctors warned the couple that it was likely their son would require emergency surgery immediately after birth