Jade organises football match in memory of brother Lee Sutton
A TEENAGER from Oakham is organising a charity football match in tribute to her brother who died seven years ago.
Jade Newman, 18, of Alpine Close in Oakham, is organising the game to be held on September 9 in memory of her brother Lee Sutton, who died aged 19 in January 2005 only two months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Lee was a popular lifeguard at the then Vale of Catmose College Sports Centre, he had worked at Brooke Hill Primary School and dreamed of joining the police when he was older. But on Christmas Eve 2004 he was told that he had less than a year to live.
At the time Jade, who was just ten-years-old, had little knowledge of what was going on because her protective big brother wanted to shelter her from it the best he could by keeping it a secret from her.
But now Jade, a hairdresser in Oakham, is holding a football match at Catmose College to raise money for charity Brain Cancer Research and to remember her big brother.
Jade said: “So many people remember him and loved him and I thought I wanted to do something to help other people going through what we have.”
Jade said a football match seemed like the obvious choice of events to run as her brother was a keen sportsman and a member of Rutland Rangers FC.
Jade said: “Lee was Rutland Rangers mad, like most boys his age he tried to play every football match he could.”
So far Jade has more than 25 players for the game but she is still looking for more people to get involved, and more importantly to come along and support the event.
Jade said: “It has been completely overwhelming all the support I have had. All Lee’s friends wanted to take part in it and to see the donations coming in has been amazing.
“It is wonderful to see how much people still care about him.
“Me and my brother were very close, we did everything together and I wanted to do something in his memory.”
Jade said: “I’m playing in the game, hopefully somewhere where you don’t have to do very much. At the moment I am the only girl but I just wanted to be involved.”
This is not the first thing Jade has done to raise money for charity since her brother died, she has cycled and run in fancy dress around Rutland Water, but it will be her biggest event to date.
The event will be free of charge but there will be plenty of opportunities to give to the cause. Jade is currently in the process of trying to organise a balloon release, where people can donate money to write a message and then release it.
The match will be from 1pm - 3pm and there is a buffet at The Railway Inn in Oakham after the game.
To support Jade visit www.justgiving.com/Jade-Newman1
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