Tottenham Hotspur 'legends' to play at Brackley Town FC for sick children's charity

Strong Spurs line-up expected to turn out at fundraiser next week in support of SSNAP

Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 9:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 1:44 pm
James and Emma Kite with baby Jacob

A team from the Tottenham Hotspur Legends will visit Brackley Town FC for a charity football match to raise money for SSNAP, the charity supporting the sick newborn and parents.

The game, on Sunday, September 5, has been organised by local couple James and Emma Kite who lost one of their twin boys in a 24-week birth in 2019 and were given crucial support by the charity.

Among the players expected at the match are Mark Falco, Tony Galvin, Gary Doherty, Ramon Vega and David Howells. Final teams cannot be guaranteed but Tottenham will be sending its strongest Legends to make it a hugely exciting game.

Mr and Mrs Kite were admitted to the delivery suite at the JR Hospital, Oxford, in October 2019 and a large medical team was assigned to the birth.

Sadly, tiny Charlie James was stillborn, having passed away in the latter stages of Mrs Kite's 12-hour labour. However twin Jacob Oliver survived, weighing in at a tiny 1lb 9oz - less than a bag of sugar.

Jacob spent the next 94 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before being allowed home with oxygen support.

SSNAP then came into their own, taking over necessary practical arrangements and doing everything they could to help the boys' parents in the grieving process as they said their last goodbyes to baby Charlie.

Dad James, a call centre manager at Banbury Cross Health Centre, said: "SSNAP provided us comfort from the first morning when we as a family were in intensive care.

“They supported us during extremely difficult times, from providing us breakfast so we didn't have to leave Jacob to organising overnight accommodation to limit the hours we spent away.

"The more time we spent in IC the more we realised how much SSNAP supports the whole neonatal ward. SSNAP helped fund the majority of the equipment on the ward including the ventilator which helped Jacob during some difficult times.

“They also funded extra training for the nurses - including bereavement counselling for parents, which we definitely benefited from.

"We will forever feel in debt to SSNAP and all the staff in NICU at the John Radcliffe Hospital. We want to raise awareness of SSNAP to highlight the positive impact they have on families during difficult times and help raise donations to support families who may have to go through a similar experience."

The couple has already raised £2,100 in memory of Charlie. The money will be put towards a new bereavement suite on the JR's neonatal ward. (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charliekite)

Tickets for the football match can be bought at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tottenhamlegends