A CHARITY football match has given a boost to a fund in memory of a fun-loving toddler.
Two-year-old Jack Huskisson died of a mystery illness earlier this year and his mum Verity has set up J.A.C.K.S (Jack About Carers Kids Support) which aims to set up a Lincolnshire-based retreat for sick children and their carers.
Market Rasen Under 9s manager Mark Flear, who’s son Ben is Verity’s godson, organised the charity match on Sunday against the Sibsey Under 9s team.
A minute’s silence was held in memory of little Jack before the game, which was played in the grounds of the Danny Flear Centre at Frieston.
It was Rasen who won out on the day, with a 7-0 win, and it was young Ben who fittingly scored the first goal of the match.
Verity was on hand to present the trophy and each of the players also received a medal for taking part.
Donations for refreshments, a raffle and Verity’s own stall of handmade bracelets and candles also boosted the fund.
Plans are now in hand to make the JACKS Charity Football Cup an annual event.
Next year the cup will be played for at Rase Park and it is hoped to expand the event to perhaps include more teams.
“It was a lovely event, even though the weather let us down a bit,” said Jack’s grandmother Vanessa Proctor, who lives in Market Rasen.
“Jack loved football, so it is so nice to have an event like this in his memory.
“A lot of parents turned up to watch the match too, which was lovely to see.”
Since the J.A.C.K.S. charity was set up, a number of fundraising events have been held in Market Rasen.
“We would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown us,” added Vanessa.