Sporting fundraiser to say thank you to hospital that helped Jack win cancer battle
A CHARITY football match in aid of the hospital that helped a one-year-old win his battle with cancer was a win-win for the organisers on Sunday.
As reported, Jack Ramsey was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour – a type of kidney cancer – earlier this year. However, following chemotherapy, he underwent surgery at Sheffield Children's Hospital to remove the tumour and his entire kidney, and he is now in remission.
Mum Jade Melin, 20, of Silver Birch, Grimsby, said: "The treatment he got there was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and I couldn't have wished for more from them.
"I really appreciate everything they have done for him."
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To say thank you for the amazing treatment he received, his family organised a mixed charity football match and fun day at Fulstow Village Hall on Sunday, which made more than £700 for the M3 ward, where Jack was treated. Not only that but the challenging team of Jack's family and their friends even managed to beat the visitors – made up mainly of Louth Town footballers – by four goals to three.
Jack's grandmother Lynn Melin, 49, of Lovett Street, Cleethorpes, was one of the main organisers and played in the match as well. She said: "We thought we would be lucky if we could get two teams together but we had more than 25 people turn up to play, and even more for the fun day. We couldn't believe how many people have supported us.
"It was great fun, raised a lot of money – and we won as well. In fairness, we might have cheated a bit and I think we had a few more players on the pitch than them, but we still won."
Becky Kendall, 23, of Saltfleet, scored two goals for the winning side. She said: "I used to play, but it was a long time ago, so I was well glad to score two goals.
"I had a really good time and I think there should be more things like this."
Jack's aunt Kerry Dixon, 31, of Hildyard Street, said: "No one knew each other, but we all just came onto the pitch, had a mingle and had a laugh playing football."
Millie Larder, 21, of Casswell Crescent in Fulstow, said: "I really enjoyed it, although I have to admit, I don't think I'm cut out for football."
Jade added: "I'm so pleased at how many people came out to play – it really means a lot to me to know that all these people came out to support us. It was mainly my mum and my sister who organised it so I want to say a big thank you to them, too."