Northampton teenager’s charity rugby match raises £9,000 for Cure Leukaemia

The Jake Hood testimonial match raised more than �9,000 for Cure Leukaemia
The Jake Hood testimonial match raised more than �9,000 for Cure Leukaemia

A charity rugby match organised by a Northampton teenager battling terminal cancer has raised more than £9,000 for Cure Leukaemia.

Jake Hood, aged 19, organised a rugby match between a team chosen by him and a side chosen by his dad on October 18 at Northampton BBOB in St Andrews Road.

Hundreds of people attended the event which included a number of fund-rasing stalls include cake sales, a raffle and a tomobola.

The total amount raised from the match is £9,133.16, with another £1,000 expected from a charity skydive being carried out by Mollie Diggin on Saturday.

Mr Hood said he wanted to raise as much money as possible for Cure Leukaemia so “nobody else was ever put in the same position” as him.

He said: “I want to raise as much money as possible for Cure Leukaemia. That is the impact I want to make before I die.

”No one wants to die but I have to be realistic. The hardest thing for me is to see the pain in my family and friend’s eyes. I don’t want to leave them.”

Jake’s mum Jo said the family would like to thank everyone for the amazing support shown, including those who came in person to attend and helped out, and those who donated money or raffle prizes.

The organisations that supported the event include Northampton Saints RFC, Bedford Blues RFC, Saracens RFC, Travis Perkins, Wickes, Whittlebury Hall

Northampton Town, Sharon Nail & Beauty, Butchers Block, Essex Smiles, Amber Screen & Display, Base Plumbing Service Ltd, Plastic Wizard & Bukd Wizard

Purpose Hair, Jim Lewis, Superior Services, Considine Building Services, EcozLec Limited, Euro Scaffolding, Northamptonshire Cricket Club, East Midlands RFC, Metcalf Decorators, Avery Care Homes and Northants Police

DVDs of the game are now on sale at £10 with £4 of each sale going to Cure Leukaemia. To buy a copy contact Georgina Moore at BBOB RFC.