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James was sadly killed by his girlfriend in March 2016. The money raised will specifically go towards the Neonatal Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. James had always said that if he won the lottery that he would give some of the money to the Neonatal Unit, where he was treated after he was born, so his family felt that this was the best way to honour his memory.
The football match was organised by James’ friend, John Skinner. The match took place at Allexton and New Parks Football Club on 25 February 2016. It was extremely well attended, each player paid £10 to join in on the day and the various fundraising stalls raised additional funds. James’ mum, Patricia Knight, and sister, Lyndsay Perrin, both got involved by organising a raffle and other fundraising stalls for the event. James’ niece, Sophie Perrin, worked hard selling raffle tickets raising £100 by herself.
James’ friends and family raised a fantastic £1,700 to help babies being cared for in Leicester’s Hospitals’ Neonatal Unit. Patricia and her family will be making a visit to the unit to see how their donation will make a difference.
Maxine Newcombe, Community and Events Fundraising Officer at Leicester Hospitals Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful for the generous donation from James’ friends and family. The money they raised will be spent on enhancing the neonatal unit and helping to offer even better to care to the babies being treated in our hospitals. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and supported James’ family.”
Patricia Knight, James’ mother, added: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event, and everyone who donated raffle prizes. The football event will be taking place again next year and we are hoping to be raising money again for the Neonatal Unit.”
Patricia and her family will be attending the Neonatal Unit on Monday 20 March at 4pm to meet with consultants and members of staff.