The dad of a seven-year-old boy who died suddenly has heaped praise on Sheffield Children’s Hospital, ahead of an Easter Sunday charity football match to be played in his son’s memory.
James Dexter died at the Children’s Hospital after a seizure in April 2011, leaving his parents Sean, 44 and Sally, 43, heartbroken.
But as a thank you to medics who battled to save their son a charity football match is to be played tomorrow with teams competing for the ‘James Dexter Memorial Cup’.
Sean, from Woodsetts, who has two other sons - Matt, nine and Josh, eight - said: “In our case, things didn’t quite work out but they help so many people in the area that I can’t speak highly enough of the Children’s Hospital.
“You can’t get anything more significant than the amount of work that the Sheffield Children’s Hospital do.”
The match will pit a Butchers Arms FC XI against a Williams Bar FC XI at the Recreation Ground on Gildingwells Road, Woodsetts, near Worksop.
Sean used to play for the Butchers Arms himself, which was where he met one of the event’s organisers, James Hill, over 20 years ago.
The match is the latest in a long list of recent fundraising activities which Sean has taken part in.
In 2013 he ran the London Marathon in three hours and 52 minutes, raising £1,500 for the Children’s Hospital.
And in September last year a golf tournament he took part in raised £4,000.
Sean said that so far over £500 has been raised ahead of the football match but he hopes that the total can top £2,000 by the end of the event.
“The money raised is the most significant part of the day because it’s so crucial,” said Sean.
“It’s a bit difficult to specify how much we’re going to raise on the day, but we’ve had an unbelievable amount of support.
“Last year was absolutely brilliant. It’s nice to think that so many people in Sheffield think of us and support us.
“The work that the Children’s Hospital do should not be underestimated. Hopefully I will be playing on Sunday but probably not for a full 90 minutes.”
There will be over 40 prizes to be won at the event, including a night out with boxing star Ricky Hatton and a tour of both the Sky Sports studio and the weekly TV show Ringside, with Johnny Nelson.