By Tristan Harris Thursday 26 September 2013 Updated: 30/09 08:56
A CHARITY football match being held at 11am next Sunday (October 6) will see Rubery Old Stars take on Birmingham City All Stars.
The event, at Rubery Leisure Centre, will be held in memory of Richard Evans who died of meningitis ten years ago and cash raised will go to the Tiny Babies Big Appeal for the neo-natal unit at the Birmingham Women's Hospital.
The Birmingham City team are donating their time free of charge and, as well as the football, there will also be Dickies Day - a charity fund-raising family funday held every year to remember Richard. This is the tenth anniversary of Dickies Day and the organisers hope that it, combined with the match, will be the most successful one ever.
The event has also received support from companies, including Cadbury and Mondelez, and among the activities taking place will be bouncy castles, slides, hot food, face-painting, a chocolate shop, raffles, a licensed bar and performances by Rubery Marching Band, the Rubery Air Cadets and the Elite Dance Academy.
One of the organisers, Trevor Neason, had the inspiration for the game after his grandaughter Jeorgie Neason and his friend John Coleman's son Joseph spent a lot of time in the neo-natal unit after birthing complications - Jospeh, who was born three-months premature, would not be here today had it not been for the staff there.
Trevor said: "On visiting the unit and seeing all the babies in there and learning that the unit is supported by charity donations I really felt we had to do something to help, so we spoke to Tom Ross who helped us get this game on.
"None of us know what's round the corner, but hopefully, with everyone's support and funds raised, we will help to save more of these young lives."
Another of the organisers, Stuart Hinton, added: "Richard was a great lad who lived his life to the full and is missed greatly by family and friends alike.
"Although we have raised much needed funds for various other charities in the past, we decided to make the tenth anniversary a special one and we're supporting the Tiny Babies Big Appeal after recent encounters by a few of our circle of friends.
"The work the nursing staff and doctors put in is unbelievable and has been witnessed first hand by many of us in that circle."
Tickets for the event are £3 - for more, or to reserve tickets, call Trevor on 07546 351281.
After the football match and funday, there will be an evening party, featuring a disco and karaoke, at the Toby Jug pub, Newmans Way, Rubery. That will be from 7pm.
For more on all the events, check out Dickies Day on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dickiesdayuk.
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