A DAD is staging a second football match in aid of the Freeman’s Children Heart Unit Foundation where his daughter has been treated for a rare condition.
Andrew Brown’s daughter, Lacey-Toni, suffers from a rare heart condition and fought for her life at just eight-days-old when surgeons saved her at the hospital in Newcastle.
Lacey, now three, had to endure another life-saving operation at eight-months-old, but her fight continues and now Andrew hopes he can give back to the hospital as much as he can.
He said: “When this first started with the charity work I thought I would make about £500 and that would be it.
“The response has been amazing from everyone and I can’t thank everybody enough for their efforts in raising money for the charity.
“Hopefully this year can be just as good and by holding the match in the summer more people might come along to watch.”
Andrew, 37, has already had a strip donated by Easington Social Welfare Centre for the match that will be held on July 25 at the Welfare Park stadium.
East Durham Funerals donated £60 before Easington-based Hepworth’s Funeral Directors donated £100 to Andrew, who has been overwhelmed by everything that has happened to help.
“Since last year everything has been a dream really,” said the dad-of-two.
“Obviously Lacey has had her ups and downs, but the support of friends, family and the whole community keeps me going.
“I just hope that everyone sticks together and we can really make a difference to the lives of others in the hospital that saved my daughter’s life just over three years ago.”
After raising more than £3,500 off the back of the match, Andrew knows this one can be bigger and better as more people have come forward to play for ‘Lacey’s Lads’ in the match.
Andrew, of Tyne Terrace, Easington Colliery, added: “Hopefully we can get some people through the door and really have a good night at the welfare.
“The strips have been donated by the welfare and I want to say thank you for that and we have had more money donated from other places.”
Kick off at 6pm at Easington Colliery Welfare’s ground.