VIDEO: Dylan Cecil memorial football match

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The second annual football match to be held in memory of a little boy from Kettering who drowned in a tragic accident last year is being held in Finedon today (Saturday, June 22)

The event arranged in memory of Dylan Cecil is taking place at Kennedy’s Bar, in Irthlingborough Road.

The four-year-old drowned while on a family holiday in Burnham-on-Sea, in Somerset, last August.

The two teams – called the Angry Birds and Team Sonics after Dylan’s favourite computer game characters – include Dylan’s family members and friends.

Money raised at the match is being donated to a new charity being set up in Dylan’s memory which will help underprivileged families by giving them a holiday in Burnham-on-Sea.

Dylan’s dad, Darren Cecil said: “This is the second year that we’ve held the event. Last year it was held in aid of the RNLI and other rescue services, this year we are starting up the Dylan Cecil Memorial Fund, which will pay for underprivileged children to have a week’s holiday in the Burnham-on-Sea area.

“We raised about £1,300 last year so I’ll be pleased if we can match that.”

Dylan’s grandfather John Cecil said: “The support has been fantastic.

“This is about celebrating Dylan’s life, and this will become an annual event.”

Ian Jefferies, from Burnham-on-Sea, is helping the family to set up the charity. He said: “We are setting up the charity for underprivileged families from the Kettering and the wider Midlands area, to enable them to have a holiday. It’s all in Dylan’s name, so that he’s not forgotten in this area or in Burnham-on-Sea.

“If £1,000 is raised today, that will pay for a couple of families to have a holiday for a week.”

The Sonics team retained the shield with a 7-5 win.