Belper football fans chip in £3,000 to help family of seriously ill child

Tom Jackson (centre back) with his team of friends.

Tom Jackson (centre back) with his team of friends.

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Football fans helped raise £3,000 as they piled in to watch a charity match for the family of a seriously child.

Dad Thomas Jackson, 25, organised the special match between a team of his friends and his regular clubmates at Kilburn FC, to help support his four-year-old son Jack Riley through treatment for an inoperable brain tumour.

Watching the match are Cathy Riley (grand mother), Claire Riley (mother), Jack Riley, Paul Riley (granddad).

Watching the match are Cathy Riley (grand mother), Claire Riley (mother), Jack Riley, Paul Riley (granddad).

The game took place at Kilburn Miners’ Welfare on Sunday, and was attended by friends, family and hundreds of well-wishers from the local community.

Thomas said: “It was unbelievable, the amount of support was better than I could have ever imagined. The number of people who walked in off the street and paid £2 to watch was incredible.

“I can’t thank everyone enough, especially Kilburn manager Matt McGill and everyone at the club.”

Jack took his place among the crowds, cheering his dad on to a 3-2 win in which Thomas scored a penalty.

Tom Jackson.

Tom Jackson.

Thomas said: “The performance wasn’t important, what mattered was that we all pulled together. I took Jack into the changing rooms and he got a bit teary. He knew we all were there for him.”

Thomas and Jack’s mum Claire have set up a fund to cover specialist equipment and family expenses as Jack continues battling through another round of chemotherapy.

A good crowd turned out for the match.

A good crowd turned out for the match.

Jack Riley and his granddad Paul Riley watch the match.

Jack Riley and his granddad Paul Riley watch the match.

Tom Jackson (grey shirt) tussles for the ball.

Tom Jackson (grey shirt) tussles for the ball.

Tom Riley sprays a pass out to the wing.

Tom Riley sprays a pass out to the wing.

Tom Riley (no3) in the thick of the goalmouth action.

Tom Riley (no3) in the thick of the goalmouth action.