Youngsters invited to be apart of the celebrity football match day in Saffron Walden

From left, Emilia Linwood and Morag Linwood, receive the cheque from Waitrose customer service staff Jon Walker and Caroline Twite. From left, Emilia Linwood and Morag Linwood, receive the cheque from Waitrose customer service staff Jon Walker and Caroline Twite.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:22 PM

Waitrose in Saffron Walden has donated a cheque for £531 to a charity launched in memory of a County High student.

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Earlier this month Morag Linwood and her daughter Emelia visited the Hill Street store to collect the cheque for the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund.

Ethan, 11, from Thaxted, died in a car crash in October 2012.

The Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund is a local charity set up to work with disadvantaged children and young people, parents and carers within the community of Uttlesford. The aim of the charity is to raise the aspirations of children and young people, enabling them to realise their potential and have their achievements recognised.

Following last year’s celebrity football match, held in Ethan’s memory, a second game is being held at Saffron Walden Town Football Club on April 27. As part of the fun-filled day, where cast members from The Only Way Is Essex and an EastEnders star are expected to turn out, youngsters are being invited to join in the fun.

Girls and boys aged 8-16 have been offered the chance to play at the Catons Lane ground and be part of making the day a success.

Ethan’s father, Bob, said: “It doesn’t matter how good you are and you may not even play in a team already but if you would love to play on a big pitch, in front of a grandstand and with quite a few people watching, here’s your big chance!

“We are looking for kids who want to play to make contact with us now. Just tell us your name, age and favourite position. We’ll then create four 5-a-side teams to play in a mini competition on the morning of the charity football match day.”

He added: “If ever the saying ‘it’s not about winning, it’s about taking part’ was true, then this is it. And this is exactly how Ethan would have seen it, which is what our charity is all about.”

Each player will receive a special commemorative charity certificate showing they were part of the day.

Visit facebook.com/EthanReesMemorialFund, e-mail enquiries@ethanrees.org or call 01371 830403.

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