Hundreds turn out for fund-raising football match

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HUNDREDS of people showed their support for the family of Jamie Bates on Wednesday night by packing out Harrowby United’s ground for a fund-raising football match.

Around 200 people braved a cold and blustery night, each paying a pound on entry, to show their support for Jamie, 20, who suffered serious head injuries in an accident last summer.

The Harrowby and White Lion teams line up for the fund-raising match.

The Harrowby and White Lion teams line up for the fund-raising match.

Thanks to generous donations from those in attendance almost £1,000 was raised on the day. The money will go towards helping Jamie’s family to be by his side for his impending transfer from Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham to a specialist unit in London.

Jamie’s mum Katrina Glover said: “I can’t believe how many people are here. Jamie’s response would be “see mum, I told you I was popular”.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to has got their own story about Jamie. I’ve had people I’ve never met before telling me I’m so lucky to have such a lovely lad.”

Jamie was due for an operation at Queens Medical Centre yesterday (Feb 3) to have a shunt fitted. The plan is for Jamie to then be transferred to London in the next few weeks.

Adam Lilley organised Wednesday night’s match, in which Harrowby overcame White Lions 5-2.

Adam said: “I’m really chuffed to be honest. It is definitely better than my highest expectations.

“I’ve spoken to Jamie’s family and they are really happy and the game was surprisingly competitive too with quite a few tough tackles flying in!”

More fund-raising events are planned for the coming weeks.

Paul Gwyther, Aide Rowarth, Luke Short and Kyle Snowden - all friends of Jamie’s - are organising a 24 hour sponsored pool tournament at The Castlegate pub in Grantham next Saturday (Feb 12). The event starts at noon and there will be a special disco and a collection bucket.

There will also be a “No Boot, Boot Sale” at Grantham College Refrectory on Saturday, March 12. People can sell their unwanted items at the indoor sale.

Tables are £5 non-trade and £20 trade. Call 01476 572048 for more details.