Charity match to help sick Rothwell boy

Lewis Roberts is battling stage 4 Wilms' tumour. NNL-190901-111629005
Lewis Roberts is battling stage 4 Wilms' tumour. NNL-190901-111629005

Cricketers will swap their bats for boots this weekend to raise money for a Rothwell youngster with cancer.

November 10 last year was a normal day for Lewis Roberts, three, until he suddenly doubled over in pain.

Lewis Roberts. NNL-190901-111718005

Lewis Roberts. NNL-190901-111718005

Within six hours of his first symptom he was diagnosed with stage four Wilms’ tumour, a kidney cancer that mainly affects children.

It spread to his lungs and he has had several rounds of chemotherapy, including one on Christmas Eve.

Now a charity football match will take place to help his family on Saturday (January 12), organised by family member and cricketer Andy Reynoldson.

Andy, who plays at Geddington and for Bedfordshire, said: “I went to see him in hospital and it’s just a horrible thing to happen.

The poster for the charity football match. NNL-190901-111743005

The poster for the charity football match. NNL-190901-111743005

“I thought I could use my contacts in cricket to try and organise something to help the family.”

The match kicks off at 1.30pm at Geddington Cricket Club and will be between a Reynoldson XI, picked by Andy, and a Geddington Cricket Club XI, picked by club chairman Steve Toseland.

Donations will be taken on the door with a barbecue, a raffle with prizes such as spa days and Manchester United tickets, and an auction, including items from cricketers Ben Duckett and Dawid Malan.

Fundraising efforts have already raised £2,300 for Lewis’ cause.

Lewis has been in and out of hospital and spent three weeks at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, including a week in intensive care.

He has recently had an operation to have the tumour removed.

Andy, 29, said: “He’s been in hospital for ages and it’s been hard for the family, it’s been a nightmare.

“But it’s looking positive, he had the operation and it went well.”