Footballer thanks Sheffield fishermen for funds

Footballer Billy Sharp, right, receives a cheque for �1,100 for the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation from Dave Whittington, left, and Lynne and Chris Wake on behalf of regulars from the Railway Pub,Wincobank,who raised the money in a fishing match.
Footballer Billy Sharp, right, receives a cheque for �1,100 for the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation from Dave Whittington, left, and Lynne and Chris Wake on behalf of regulars from the Railway Pub,Wincobank,who raised the money in a fishing match.
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FAMILIES and friends came together for a day-long fishing match to remember a Sheffield man who died after suffering a heart problem and raise charity funds.

The pals and relatives of Adam Wake, from Wincobank, Sheffield, have been raising money in his memory for the last four years and this year collected funds for footballer Billy Sharp’s charity.

They organised a fishing match which involved 75 anglers and took place in Retford.

It was followed by a fancy dress party at the Railway pub in Brightside and a raffle.

And they managed to collect £1,150 which they handed over to the footballer for his charity – the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation – set up in memory of his son.

The former Doncaster Rovers player and his partner Jade set up the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation after losing their two-day-old son in October 2010 to a condition called Gastroschisis.

The birth defect means the baby’s intestines stick out of the body through the umbilical chord and can lead to breathing difficulties.

Daryl Barker, from Wincobank, who helped organise the fishing event, said: “It was around the time that Billy Sharp set up his charity we were trying to decide who to raise money for, so we chose his charity.

“Adam was a keen fisherman and when he died we decided we’d hold a charity event every year to raise funds for charity.

“We’ve raised funds for the British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs, Help for Heroes and now the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation.”

The money was handed over to Billy Sharp at the Railway pub.

Daryl said: “Billy came along and collected the cheque from us. 
“He was lovely and he seemed really pleased with how much we had raised.”

n Log on to http://www.ljsfoundation.org.uk/ find out more about the condition or to donate to the foundation.