Charity football match to raise funds in memory of three-year-old Timperley boy who died in his sleep

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The parents of a three-year-old Timperley boy who died in his sleep are hosting a charity football match and fun day in Altrincham on Saturday.

The event is taking place on Salisbury Fields in Broadheath between 12pm and 3pm, with the match kicking off at 1pm.

It’s to raise money for Friends of Frankie, the charity set up by James and Sarah Grogan after their son, Frankie, was found unresponsive at the family home in May 2019.

Since then the charity has raised £50,000 for research into sudden unexplained death in childhood, and £10,000 to help fund a bereavement suite at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where Frankie was taken after he passed away.

Frankie was just three when he was found unresponsive in bed

Saturday’s match will feature family and friends of the Grogans against Angels United FC, a group of dads who have each lost a child.

James, 39, said: “This game has been six months in the making. We had intended to run the Manchester 10km last year – there were 200 running for Friends of Frankie – but it was cancelled due to covid.

Saturday’s game is taking place on Salisbury Fields in Broadheath

“We came up with the idea for a football match after speaking to Angels United. There will be stalls around the pitch, things for kids to do, a raffle and a drink at Broadheath Central Club afterwards.”

Entry on Saturday will be free but there will be donation buckets. All are welcome to attend.

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