Celebrity football match to be held for Raunds stillbirth charity

The event poster.
The event poster.

A Raunds couple whose son was stillborn will hold a celebrity football match to raise money for charity they set up after their own tragedy.

Chereé and Phil Goleby’s son Miller was stillborn at 37 weeks in January 2016.

They decided to set up the charity Miller’s Stars as a legacy, helping parents affected by stillbirth.

Now they are holding a football match against an Arsenal charity team and a fun day on July 2 at Raunds Town FC.

Chereé said: “Arsenal’s team is made up of former Arsenal players, former professional players and celebrities, and as like last year the day will have food, drink, cars, children’s fun and a chance to meet the celebrities.

“There will be parking available and it will be a ticketed event, we are just working the cost out at the moment based on other similar events.

“We would love to hit more than 1,000 people this year and raise over £15,000 through this event, so we really want to push the event hard.”

Last year’s match raised more than £8,000, meaning the charity has raised an incredible £18,000 in its first 12 months.

Chereé added that the charity is raising funds for important keepsakes for families to cherish when they lose a loved one.

She said: “Whether they are rich or poor no one wants to lose their child and if they do this should not be made worse because they cannot buy a keepsake.

“So we identified that there was a reasonable amount of help out there for funeral arrangements but not a lot if any for headstones, urns, jewellery, teddies, photos or whatever it maybe.

“But ultimately these are the most important bits in our opinion because they are the bits you keep forever.”

The charity match has had support so far from Solarplicity, Tesco, HSS, Roxhill and Northampton Town FC.

To find out more about the charity or to donate, click here.