Sheffield footballers raise funds for Blade

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Dozens of footballers joined forces on the pitch to raise funds to buy a headstone for a youngster who lost his life.

Little Blade Burgess, from Arbourthorne, died recently, aged seven, after a host of health problems triggered when he was born four months prematurely.

Thirty six soccer players took part in matches at Sheffield United’s training ground at Shirecliffe and £670 was raised for the cause.

They paid £10 to enter and several spectators also turned up to cheer them on.

The event was organised by Blade’s parents Darren and Rosemarie Burgess and their friend Lee Sheedy.

Rosemarie said: “The turnout was brilliant and we’d just like to thank everyone who came along and Sheffield United for letting us use their facilities.”

The next fundraising event is a Full Monty Night at Shiregreen Working Men’s Club.

The club was where the strip show scenes were filmed in the movie.

The event takes place on March 28 2015 and tickets are £10.

There will be a DJ, raffle and auction.

See for more details.