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Football match featuring former Norwich City stars raises £5,000 for seriously ill youngster

PUBLISHED: 10:25 07 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:29 07 August 2019

East Runton couple Julie and Kevin Pitcher with their five-year-old son Benny, who has a rare and aggresive form of childhood cancer. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

East Runton couple Julie and Kevin Pitcher with their five-year-old son Benny, who has a rare and aggresive form of childhood cancer. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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A football-themed family fun day featuring two former Norwich City stars has raised £5,000 for a seriously ill north Norfolk youngster.

Darren Eadie siging autographs for young fans at an event held at Sheringham Football club to raise funds for five-year-old Benny Pitcher, who has an inoperable brain tumour.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDarren Eadie siging autographs for young fans at an event held at Sheringham Football club to raise funds for five-year-old Benny Pitcher, who has an inoperable brain tumour. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Organised by friends of East Runton couple Kevin and Julie Pitcher, whose five-year-old son Benny has an inoperable brain tumour, the event included stalls, games and rides, as well as a football match with team members including Canaries legends Darren Eadie and Mike Milligan.

Benny, who is undergoing treatment to slow the growth of his tumour, blew the whistle kicking off the game, which was hosted by Sheringham Football Club.

Darren Eadie (right) in action at a football match held to raise cash for seriously ill East Runton youngster Benny Pitcher.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDarren Eadie (right) in action at a football match held to raise cash for seriously ill East Runton youngster Benny Pitcher. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Martin Watts, who came up with the idea of the fun day, said proceeds would go towards a crowdfunding appeal he started six months ago to support the Pitcher family.

Thanking all those who supported the event, Mr Watts added: "People travelled from as far as Holland, Carlisle and Manchester to help raise a truly amazing total which will help the Pitcher family make some special memories and adapt their home to make Benny as comfortable as they can."

Canaries legends Darren Eadie and Mike Milligan with Kevin Pitcher, whose five-year-old son Benny has an inoperable brain tumour.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCanaries legends Darren Eadie and Mike Milligan with Kevin Pitcher, whose five-year-old son Benny has an inoperable brain tumour. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

To support Benny, visit www.justgiving/crowdfunding/bennytoeurodisney

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