Charity football match at Harrowby United in aid of Crohns & Colitis UK

A football game to raise money for a Crohn’s and colitis charity is due to take place tonight.

Local charity football club Dickens Road Diamonds are in action later tonight (Friday) against the Eastwood & Kimberley Allstars charity team.

Kicking off at 7pm later at Harrowby United FC, the game will be played in aid of Crohns & Colitis UK.

Dickens Road Diamonds took on Dobbins Robbins in aid of Lymphoma Action. (55576825)

A raffle will also take place in the evening, with great prizes to be won.

The team chose to raise money for the charity for a number of reasons, explained in a statement which read: “First of all, our best goalkeeper Chris Clarke is suffering from the disease and we are often witnessing first hand the effect it has on him and how debilitating it can be for Chris and the stress it places on his young family.

“Despite this, Chris still turns out to be playing football week in and week out, not only for ‘The Carats’ but also for the Grantham Town FC Vets team.

“In addition, Chris is a junior grassroots and development coach specializing in goalkeeping.

“Chris’ determination and courage to continue playing and coaching the game he loves despite living with the disease is not only an honor for him, but a true inspiration to us all.

“Secondly, Dickens Road Diamonds founder Jon Smyth aka ‘Mr Carat’ own mother-in-law Lesley also suffers from the condition and has for many years now.

“Similar to Chris, Lesley has remained as optimistic and resolute as she can be, determined to continue enjoying her life and being there for her family when they need them, even though she often feels incredibly evil.

“We would also like to pay tribute to all those who have been directly or indirectly affected by the disease and hope that we can help raise funds and awareness so that our beneficiary Crohns & Colitis UK can continue their important work around the Crohn’s disease and colitis.”

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