Football club to hold charity fundraiser in memory of tragic Corby schoolboy Thomas McNamee

Flowers, banner, cards and football shirts left outside Studfall Junior School, Corby, in memory of Thomas McNamee
Flowers, banner, cards and football shirts left outside Studfall Junior School, Corby, in memory of Thomas McNamee

The Corby club where young Thomas McNamee played his youth football is to hold a charity fundraiser tomorrow night.

Thomas died at his school, Studfall Junior, on Thursday.

The club where he played in the youth section, S & L, has said tomorrow night’s home game will be used as a charity event.

A statement on their Facebook page says: “Admission by donation, all proceeds will be given to a children’s charity of the family’s choice.

“Please spread the word and let’s get as much money raised as we can.

“The club will hold a further fundraiser in the near future to help the family as much as we can in this very difficult time.”

The game will take place on Tuesday, October 28, at S&L FC’s Occupation Road ground. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

Cards, photos and dozens of bunches of flowers have been placed outside Thomas’ school.

Pals of Thomas have covered the front wall of the school in flowers and a banner with Thomas’ name has been hung at the entrance.

There is also an Arsenal shirt and a Celtic shirt hung on the banner, and tributes continued to be placed by devastated friends over the weekend.

The 10-year-old was described as full of energy, kind and thoughtful.

A joint statement released on Friday by the school’s headteachers Louise McGeachie and Kim Kirchin said: “Sadly yesterday one our well-loved pupils at our school passed away.

“Thomas was full of energy, had a mischievous sense of humour as well as being a kind and thoughtful member of the school. He was a great friend and we all loved his cheeky, happy personality.

“Thomas represented Studfall wonderfully in many aspects of school life. However his particular passion was his football both in and out of school.

“Staff and children will miss this amazing boy – he is a huge loss to Studfall and his family. Our thoughts and love are with his family at this tragic time.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council, which is in charge of education in the county, said the boy had collapsed at school.

Cllr Matt Golby, cabinet member for education, added: “We’re deeply saddened to hear the news of Thomas’ death and our thoughts are with his family.

“We’re helping the school to support pupils and staff at this terribly difficult time and we’ve had a team of specialists at the school today offering support and counselling.”

An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said it received a call at about 3.15pm to say a child had stopped breathing.

The spokesman added: “Our paramedic arrived on scene first in a Fast Response Vehicle and was immediately followed by a double-crewed ambulance.

“The air ambulance were also called and landed at the school’s playing field.

“The patient was taken by land ambulance to Kettering General Hospital.”

No cause of death has been confirmed and an inquest into Thomas’ death is expected to be opened soon.