A charity football match has been organised at Oakham United Football Club on March 1 in aid of a brave boy aged just 10-months-old.
The charity match, organised by Ryan Thwaites from Market Overton Cricket Club is helping to raise vital funds for CDH UK, a charity which helped 10-month-old Wyatt Makwana who was born with the rare congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
Wyatt spent the first six months of his life hooked up to machines in hospital after being born with just five per cent of his diaphragm intact.
During that time he had to have a large artificial patch stitched to it and had to undergo a treatment which allowed oxygen to bypass his heart and lungs and give his organs time to recover.
Doctors also gave Wyatt a tracheostomy, which helps him breathe. But thankfully now he is making “great progress” and is now living at home with his parents Brian and Sam.
Brian said: “Wyatt is doing really well, he recently had a speaking valve fitted and for the first time we have been able to hear him make noises whilst being able to control his own breathing. It brought tears to my eyes”.
Family friend, Ryan who has organised the charity football match, has helped to support the family throughout their struggles.
Both Ryan and Brian are members of Market Overton Cricket Club, where Brian has been playing ever since he was 14 years old.
Brian said: “The entire cricket club have been instrumental in their emotional and physical support throughout our time in various hospitals with Wyatt.
“I am extremely thankful for their support.”
The football match will kick off at 10.30am at Oakham United Football Club on March 1 and everyone is welcome to come and get involved either by taking part or watching the match.
Each player will be trying to raise at least £20 in sponsorship for the charity. There will also be donation buckets going round on the day, followed by a charity raffle.
If you would like to donate any raffle prizes or are interested in finding out more about the match please contact Ryan on 07446022223.
For more information about the charity visit www.cdhuk.org.uk.