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Soham schoolboy planning charity football match in memory of his twin sister


By Newsdesk Newmarket


Liam Johnson, who is raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in memory of his twin sister Lucy
Liam Johnson, who is raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in memory of his twin sister Lucy

A Soham schoolboy is planning a charity football and fun day in memory of his twin sister, who died earlier this year.

Twelve-year-old Liam Johnson’s sister Lucy died at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) hospice in Milton on April 1 after suffering from epilepsy for most of her life.

Now, football-mad Liam wants to raise money for the hospice to say thank you for the care they provided when it was needed most.

“After me and Lucy were born she became ill with epilepsy and the older she got the more ill she became until she passed away,” said Liam.

“So I thought it would be a good thing to raise money for Milton Hospice as they did a wonderful job of taking care of my sister and supporting me, Mum, Dad and my other sister Katie.”

With help from parents Andrew and Sharon, of Aspen Way, Liam is organising to charity football matches, a fun day and an evening party, all to take place at Soham Town Rangers’ ground on Saturday August 4.

Liam with his parents Andrew and Sharon and older sister Katie
Liam with his parents Andrew and Sharon and older sister Katie

One game will be between teams of Liam’s age group, made up of friends from school, and the second will be an all-age game. Other entertainment planned for the day includes a bouncy castle, inflatable goals, barbecue and ice cream and an auction with a DJ for the evening party with more fund-raising games.

The family is appealing for donations for the auction and raffle prizes and any sponsorship from businesses or individuals would be much appreciated.

Sharon and a group of friends have already got the money rolling in by taking part in the Huntingdon Colour Dash when they collected £7,000 in sponsorship.

“The hospice was a second home to Lucy for 10 or 11 years because, as well as her epilepsy, as time went on she suffered from chest infections.” said Sharon.

“She went in and out for respite care which allowed us to take Liam and Katie on a family holiday after Lucy was no longer able to fly.”



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