Towie and Big Brother stars among players at celebrity charity match in Shefford

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A celebrity charity football match in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital is being planned in August in support of a Shefford schoolgirl who has received extensive treatment there.

Lexi Fitzpatrick was diagnosed with a condition leaving her blind when she was just six months old, and for the past two years fundraisers have been supporting the hospital (GOSH).

The fun day takes place on Sunday, August 14. Shefford Sports and Community Club in Hitchin Road is the venue, with the gates opening at noon. Kick off is at 2pm and the club closes at 11pm.

A spokesman for the event said: “For the past two years we have held charity matches to raise money for GOSH, where a team from The Loft Cafe/Bar have played a team comprising friends and relatives of 7-year-old Shefford girl Lexi Fitzpatrick.

“At six months Lexi was diagnosed with a condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia which left her totally blind and needing a daily plethora of tablets and injections to help her live her life as normally as possible.

“Lexi still visits GOSH regularly for checkups and overnight monitoring and considers it almost a second home thanks to the wonderful work and conditions the doctors and staff at GOSH provide.

“For this year’s match we have been fortunate in having the opportunity to host a celebrity eleven made up of stars from The Only Way Is Essex, X Factor, The Voice, Big Brother and Love Island.”

Confirmed players so far are: Dan Osbourne – Towie and ITVBe, Slick Vic – Big Brother, Charlie Healy – X Factor, Lewis Clay – The Voice, Travis Almond – Love Island, Marlon Wallon - Big Brother. The manager is TV star Gordon Boateng.

There will be a barbecue and bar open all day along with bouncy castle, children’s play area, face painting and a penalty shoot out.

During the early evening there will be live music in the clubhouse and a raffle.

Tickets are £5 for adults £5, children admitted free, and are available from The Loft in Shefford or via the Facebook page at Lexi’s Lads and The Loft charity football match and fun day.