Footballers net £2,231 for Lewis

Charity football match at The Manor Complex for Lewis Close who died in hospital last week. Pictured are the lads who have organised the event, playing in red and white as Lewis was a Notts Forest supporter. In the centre is Lewis' Dad, Rene Close.
Charity football match at The Manor Complex for Lewis Close who died in hospital last week. Pictured are the lads who have organised the event, playing in red and white as Lewis was a Notts Forest supporter. In the centre is Lewis' Dad, Rene Close.
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Young footballers laced up their boots in a bid to raise money in memory of teammate and Edwinstowe teenager Lewis Close.

The community was left shocked after the 14-year-old died after returning home from a recent holiday.

As part of a series of fundraisers in his memory, teenagers took to the field at Manor Complex in Mansfield Woodhouse on Saturday, with players from Lewis’ teams in Teversal and Southwell involved. With each player sponsored, and many more turning out to watch, more than £2,231 was raised.

Lewis suffered a burst appendix while in Turkey, and underwent a successful operation to have it removed. But after returning home, the Dukeries student failed to recover and was admitted to hospital. He died several weeks later.

Pictured above are the young players who played in red and white, the colours of Lewis’ favourite team, Nottingham Forest. His dad, Rene , is pictured in the centre.