Poppies back Dylan Cecil charity fund

Players line up for the football match in memory of Dylan Cecil of Kettering
Players line up for the football match in memory of Dylan Cecil of Kettering

A football club has announced it is to support two children’s charities during the forthcoming season.

Kettering Town FC has confirmed it will raise money in aid of the Dylan Cecil fund and the Lullaby Trust.

Club spokesman Craig Turnbull said many people at the Poppies had been hit hard by the death of Dylan Cecil, four, who was swept into the sea on holiday in Somerset in August last year.

He added: “The reason why the club has chosen this fund is because the family has got quite a close connection with the club. It’s hit me quite personally but also everybody associated with the club. We have tried to help the family out as much as we can.”

The fund set up in Dylan’s name supports underprivileged families from the Kettering and wider midlands area, enabling them to have holidays.

Mr Turnbull said not all the fundraising methods had been decided, but he added: “We are prepared to help in any way we can, whatever the club can do to help the Cecil family, whether fundraising or holding events.”

All charitable money raised by the club will be split equally between the Dylan Cecil Fund and the Lullaby Trust, which gives support to families who have lost infant children.

Kettering Town’s backing for the trust comes after the football secretary at Leamington FC, Richard Edy – who was instrumental in encouraging the community to keep the Poppies going through their recent off-the-field difficulties – lost his three-month-old son Charlie to cot death.