Football match in memory of Edwinstowe teenager

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A football match will kick-off this week to help raise cash in memory of a young Edwinstowe boy.

The match at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium in Clipstone on Friday will be in aid of 14-year-old Lewis Close, who died last year.

The game will involve Lewis’ friends playing against his old team mates.

With a 7pm kick-off, entry is £2, or 50p concessions.

There will be hot food and cold drinks on offer, a half-time crossbar challenge and a raffle.

Clipstone FC will also donate 50 percent of their food and drink takings to the cause.

Lewis, of Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe, was a keen football player and played centre midfield for Southwell Falcons U15s.

The popular teen took ill while on holiday in Turkey with his father in September last year was forced to undergo a life-saving operation to remove his appendix.

After the operation, he spent days in hospital recovering before he was flown back to Britain where his mother cared for him.

But the young Nottingham Forest fan failed to recover, was unable to eat and he eventually suffered a seizure while at King’s Mill Hospital.

He was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, but the Dukeries student failed to recover and he died several weeks later.

It was found that he had abscesses in his abdomen, and had suffered from liver failure, kidney failure and severe septicaemia.

Friday’s football match is the latest in a series of fundraisers since his death.