Charity rugby match to be held in Northampton in memory of Jake Hood

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A family fun day is being held at a Northampton rugby club to raise money for charity in memory of a 19-year-old man who died last December after battling leukaemia.

Jake Hood, of Delapre, raised £10,000 for Cure Leukaemia after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year.

The money was raised from an event at Northampton BBOB last October that featured a match between a team made up of Jake and his friends against a side picked by his father Paul.

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Jake’s parents Jo and Paul are now planning a similar event at Northampton BBOB, in St Andrews Road, on Sunday, October 16.

People who attend the day, which starts with a junior game at 10.30am, will be able to eat a hog roast provided by Butchers Block. There were also be an adult tug of war at 4pm, a tombola, raffle, children’s activities and a disco and karaoke from 7pm.

Jake’s mum Jo said: “We are hoping to make it an annual event but this will be the first one in Jake’s memory.

“The teams will be competing for the ‘Now or Never’ plate because that was what Jake wanted to call it.

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“It has been very difficult to organise from an emotional point of view as Jake will not be there.

“There is not one minute that goes by when I don’t think about him.”

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