Charity game for brave Wyatt raises hundreds

Charity football match for CDH UK in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-01-03-15-aw001 EMN-150203-112319001

Charity football match for CDH UK in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-01-03-15-aw001 EMN-150203-112319001

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A father has thanked those who took part in a charity football match in aid of the charity that has supported his son.

Ryan Thwaites organised the game at Oakham United’s ground to support his friend and Market Overton Cricket Club colleague Brian Makwana.

Charity football match for CDH UK in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-01-03-15-aw004 EMN-150203-112349001

Charity football match for CDH UK in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-01-03-15-aw004 EMN-150203-112349001

Brian’s 10-month-old son Wyatt was born with the rare congenital diaphragmatic hernia and spent the first six months of his life hooked up to machines in hospital.

A total of 24 players turned up for the game on Sunday and helped raise £400 for the charity CDH UK, which has helped Brian and his wife Sam cope with their son’s treatment and recovery. Wyatt is now living at home with his parents and is making good progress.

Brian has so far raised almost £2,000 for CDH UK, and was grateful to his friend Ryan’s for adding to that total.

“It was a great day,” he said. “I was surprised by the number of people that turned up. We made a couple of sides with subs, which was good.

“It was a really windy day so that made it a bit more difficult, but we all got stuck in and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We raised £400 on the day and still have some donations to collect.”

He added: “A massive thank you to everyone.”

Brian and Sam, who used to live in Castle Bytham, set themselves a fundraising target of £10,000. Brian will lead a team in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend at Burghley House in May to help reach the target.