Team Butters in rugby fundraiser

Matthew Pinnock, 22, of Higham Ferrers, with his friends
Matthew Pinnock, 22, of Higham Ferrers, with his friends
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A FUNDRAISING rugby match has been held to raise cash for a charity which has helped support the family of 22-year-old Matthew Pinnock.

Matthew, of Higham Ferrers, is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. Since his diagnosis in January his friends and family have been raising cash in his honour.

A group took part in the Wiseman Welly Walk in March to raise cash for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton, where Matthew is a patient.

The rugby match at Rushden & Higham Rugby Club on Saturday was held to raise cash for Brainstrust, a charity that supports people living with a brain tumour.

Matthew’s father, Richard, and brother Tom were among the players. Matthew’s mother Carolyn Pinnock said: “Brainstrust supported us, gave us information and were just there to chat about what was happening and any concerns, just to be a sounding board. They have been very supportive so we thought as we have raised a lot for Cynthia Spencer we would do something in return for the Brainstrust.”

Mrs Pinnock said Matthew was receiving treatment and his friends had been a great support. She said: “It’s very much up and down from one day to the next but he is better than he was.”

About 120 well-wishers took part in the Wiseman Welly Walk for Matthew and the total is set to reach £20,000.

She said: “We would really like to thank everyone for their support, it’s been absolutely unbelievable and has helped keep us going.”

Matthew’s friends launched a Twitter campaign using his nickname Butters and have created clothing with the name on it which is being sold online.

The group uses the hashtags #Butters and #TeamButters on Twitter to show their support.

Friend Aaron Weekley, 22, said: “Because it took off so well then we decided to do the clothing, that’s something Matt has always wanted to do anyway, clothing with Butters on it.”

Some of Matthew’s friends are also set to take place in the Tough Mudder endurance event at Boughton House in May. Matthew’s friend Jack Devereaux, 22, said: “I think the fundraising is brilliant, it’s a testament to how nice a person he is that everyone has clubbed together for him.”

Visit www.teambutters.co.uk for clothing and more information.