Hundreds of people are expected at the funeral of much-loved Matthew Pinnock, who has died from an inoperable brain tumour.
Matt, who was 22 and came from Higham Ferrers, was diagnosed with the tumour in January. His funeral is being held today, December 20, at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Higham Ferrers.
One of his closest friends, Aaron Weekley, said: “I’d known Matt since we were about five.
“He was very confident and a very loving, caring, witty and lovable person. No-one had a bad word to say about him.”
Matt went to Loughborough University where he studied geography and sports science.
He was recently awarded an honorary degree from the university.
Aaron said: “That was absolutely brilliant. Matt walked across the stage to receive it in person and that was probably one of the most important things for him because his mobility had been affected.
“Everyone was so proud of him.”
He was a good footballer and played for many local teams as well as having trials for England Schoolboys.
Matt’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to raise money for the charities which supported him and his family, and have raised about £30,000 so far. His friends also launched a Twitter campaign using his nickname Butters and have created clothing with the name on it which is being sold online.
In March a group took part in the Wiseman Welly Walk to raise cash for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton, where Matthew was a patient.
His friends and family also organised a charity rugby match to raise cash for Brainstrust, a charity which supports people living with a brain tumour. His father Richard and brother Tom were among the players.
Tom is running in the London Marathon next year to raise money for Clic Sargent, which also did so much to support the family.
Aaron said: “They were really supportive to both Matt’s family and his friends, and Tom wants to raise money for them so they can help other people in the same situation.”
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