Lewes FC home shirt to bear name of 10-year-old Samuel, who died of a brain tumour

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy who died of a brain tumour is to be remembered on Lewes Football Club’s home shirts all next season.

After inviting nominations from its members and supporters, the club has made the wonderful gesture by announcing that its ‘Local Charity Partner’ for the 2011-12 season will be Samuel’s Children’s Charity.

This means that Samuel’s will feature as the sponsor on the club’s home shirt. The charity will also be given free advertising space at the ground, in the matchday programme, on the website and other official club information as well as benefiting from co-fundraising events.

Samuel’s Children’s Charity was founded by Samantha Read after the loss of her 10-year old son Samuel to a brain tumour in July last year.

Since then, Samantha and a small army of helpers have worked tirelessly to raise funds for families with sick children. Samantha said: “This couldn’t have come at a more special time as we are near to marking the first anniversary of losing Samuel. We hope this partnership with Lewes FC will generate much-needed support, both by raising funds and by spreading the word about what we do.

During Samuel’s illness we found that there is not always help for children and their families at the time when it is needed most. Samuel had a wish granted to visit Legoland, but it took five months to get funding and by the time it came, Samuel was in a wheelchair and could no longer walk.

“The other problem is that these grants often make no allocation for more than one parent to accompany a child, even for things like overnight stays at hospitals.”

Steve Duly, Business Development Director at Lewes, said: “Samuel’s Children’s Charity is a Lewes-based charity fulfilling a genuine need for families in difficult circumstances. Crucially, they are small enough and flexible enough to be able to get the right help to people fast. We are proud to wear their name on our shirts.”

More details for the charity can be found at www.samuelschildrenscharity.co.uk

The club will also be shortly announcing the national charity whose name will be on the club’s away shirts. Last season the club famously supported Lewes Victoria Hospital and the children’s charity NSPCC.