A week-long summer festival will include a football tournament in memory of an 11-year-old who died suddenly while playing with friends.
Stamford Festival of Fun, which begins on the Meadows in Stamford on Saturday, July 26, will host the Bailey Drew Memorial Football Tournament on Saturday, August 2.
Charles Read Academy pupil Bailey, from Corby Glen, collapsed during a game of football with his friends near his home in May and tragically later died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, known as Sads.
Bailey’s aunt Dannii Vincent is involved in the Festival of Fun preparations and wanted to raise awareness of the Sads UK charity, which helps families affected by the condition. She and husband Craig decided to hold a tournament in Bailey’s honour.
Dannii said: “Sads is a rare and sometimes inherited heart condition. The rhythm of the heart beat is controlled by natural electrical currents in the heart cells, a disturbance to this rhythm can affect the regularity of the beat and can be impossible to get back leading to Sads. Most of us had never even heard of it. This was the beginning of our research to understand what had happened.”
Since Bailey’s death friends of the family have raised thousands through sponsored challenges and donations.
Dannii said: “We would like to keep adding to that amazing amount but more importantly - raising awareness. This is still something that people still don’t understand what it is or why it happens.
“At 11 years of age Bailey was the most loving and kind boy turning into the most handsome young man.
“He had the most amazing smile and cheeky face, one that will never be forgotten by many.”
She said the winning team in the seven-a-side tournament would receive the Bailey Drew Memorial Trophy to hold until the next annual tournament and the team with the most sponsorship would also receive a prize.
Dannii added: “Putting this on during the Festival of Fun seemed perfect for us being Bailey’s auntie and uncle. He would have loved the festival and I’m sure would have been there most days if he could.
“We have been in close contact with the charity and there will be lots of information available on the day about Sads and also lots of fun in the process. There are lots of other activities to do and get involved in on the day too.”
Teams can be adults or children, male or female. You can sign up and request sponsor forms on email@example.com or at www.facebook.com/pages/Festival-of-Fun/639396876128171.
Entry to the festival costs £1, with under-twos and senior citizens free. Look out for the full festival schedule in next week’s Mercury.