Burgess Hill students hold overnight football match

Organisers of the St Paul's Catholic College sixth form 24 hour football match Josh Keay and Ollie Hopkins - picture submitted
Organisers of the St Paul's Catholic College sixth form 24 hour football match Josh Keay and Ollie Hopkins - picture submitted

Students at a Burgess Hill college have organised a 24 hour football match to raise money in memory of their friends.

On Thursday June 25 the sixth form students at St Paul’s Catholic College will take on the challenge for friends Angus Rowland, Adam Green and Digby Davidson, who all died from cancer during their time at secondary school.

One of the organisers Ollie Hopkins said: “Our friend Angus Rowland died of Leukaemia when we were all in year 9.

“We are now about to leave school and want to remember him by raising money at our 24 hour football match.

“He was treated in an amazing Teenage Cancer Trust unit in London but his leukaemia was very aggressive and did not respond to treatment.

“His family have been raising money to fund research into blood cancers to help find treatments to help others. We also as a sixth form have known other teenagers who have died with cancer and want to do this to remember them all.

“If you can spare an hour or two we would appreciate your support especially if you suffer from insomnia in the early hours of the morning.”

The money will be split between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Angus Rowland Forget Me Not Fund, which was set up by his family after he died in May 2011.

Since 2011, his family and friends have raised over £150,000 for Angus’ charity, It is a memorial fund that feeds into Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The charity funds research into blood cancers and also works to improve the lives of patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The Teenage Cancer Trust has 28 specialist units in NHS hospitals designed with young people in mind.

The T12 unit at University College Hospital where Angus stayed is for 13 to 19 years olds. It has 18 bedrooms each equipped with bespoke furniture, television, gaming facilities, Wi-Fi connection and a laptop. The charity funds two expert staff there and there is also a parent’s room with kitchenette, dining area, soft seating and free vending machine.

Their target is £500 and they have so far raised £140. To sponsor the group go to www.justgiving.com/teams/SPCC24h2015