West Suffolk: Ipswich Town legends don their boots to back dementia campaign

Fundraising manager at West Suffolk Hospital, Dave Gooderham and ITFC academy sponsorship manager Si

Fundraising manager at West Suffolk Hospital, Dave Gooderham and ITFC academy sponsorship manager Simon Milton. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town legends will be showcasing their skills on Sunday in aid of an EADT and West Suffolk Hospital campaign.

The likes of John Wark, Kieron Dyer and Simon Milton will take to the Ram Meadow turf in a bid to raise funds for the ongoing Forget Me Not dementia campaign.

The Town team will be going up against fledgling Forget-Me-Not FC, whose 17 squad members have each paid £100 for the privilege.

Three other fundraising footballers – Steve Roberts, Kevin Bowman-Boyles and Martin Beecroft – have paid £200 to be part of the Legends squad. All funds raised will be split between the hospital’s campaign, which aims to raise £25,000 to improve care for patients with dementia, and Ipswich Town Academy.

Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager at West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “We wanted to offer members of the public the chance to get up close to some real Ipswich Town legends, whether playing or getting autographs and photos, while raising vital charity funds.

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“We hope as many people as possible will pop down to Ram Meadow on Sunday and enjoy some entertaining football while supporting some very worthwhile charities.”

An auction of the signed legends’ shirts will take place at 5.30pm, while there will also be a chance to win a new ITFC home and away shirt, signed by Mick McCarthy’s squad.

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There will also be a cake stall run by Russell Claydon – whose grandad Brian Yallop suffers from the largely unknown condition Lewy Body Dementia – to raise funds for the Lewy Body Society,

The game kicks off at 3pm at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow.

The hospital is also running a virtual auction to win an Ipswich Town shirt signed by top scorer David McGoldrick. To bid email dave.gooderham@wsh.nhs.uk

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