Celebrity sportsman coming to St Albans to support six-year-old with cancer at cricket match

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 April 2018

Luca Feasey

Luca Feasey

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Celebrity sportsmen will be battling it out in a charity match in aid of a six-year-old diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer.

The Phil Milton Memorial Charity Cricket Match has been running for two years. Picture: Joshua Sherwood The Phil Milton Memorial Charity Cricket Match has been running for two years. Picture: Joshua Sherwood

For the third year running The Phil Milton Memorial Charity Cricket Match will see St Albans take on St John Fishers at Clarence Park.

This year the organisers hope to raise £10,000 for Children with Cancer UK - a charity chosen to support the treatment of six-year-old Luca Feasey with a muscular cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

Luca is the grandson of the chairman of St John Fishers Social Cricket Club, David Hoskins: “I think that diagnosis puts it all in perspective.

“At the end of the day, everyone is always rushing around going about their day but when something like this happens it puts everything in perspective.

The Phil Milton Memorial Charity Cricket Match has been running for two years. Picture: Joshua Sherwood The Phil Milton Memorial Charity Cricket Match has been running for two years. Picture: Joshua Sherwood

“I think it fits that we are trying to raise money for Luca, because both St Albans and St Johns Fisher cricket clubs are charity minded. There is a lot of unfortunate people out there and it is actually nice, it makes you feel good, that you can do something for somebody else.”

Luca has already had three operations and is going through his second round of chemotherapy since his diagnosis last December.

David said if Luca is well enough, he will come to the match: “We live in hope that after this horrendous journey he will return to the happy cheeky little boy we have grown to love.”

Luton Town Football Club manager Nathan Jones, former England footballer Mick Harford, and former England cricketer Monty Panesar will be playing in the main game.

There will also be both a disability and ladies game played on the day, as well as a raffle, refreshments and music from covers band The Town.

Last year the match raised more than £9,000 for a cricket charity which works in five sub-Saharan African countries called Cricket Without Boundaries.

In the first year they raised £15,000 for Peace Hospice Care - where local cricket player Phil Milton passed away from skin cancer. A match was played purely in Phil’s memory, which gave the annual game its name.

Entry is free. The event is on July 1, from 12 noon until 9pm, at Clarence Park.

Donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-hoskins7

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