Family’s football fundraiser nets £2,500

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A whopping £2,500 was raised at a charity football match organised by the parents of a little boy with a rare form of childhood dementia.

The Roman James charity football match took place on Sunday at Pitstone Memorial Hall.

The game was arranged by Ben James and Scarlet Rojek-Smith alongside a family fun day to help raise money for research charity Niemann-Pick UK.

Niemann-Pick is the illness which afflicts their four-year-old son Roman, who was diagnosed back in 2014.

It is estimated there are around 1000 people with the disease across the world.

A spokesman for Niemann Pick UK said: “Despite being a small charity, we are able to do a great deal because of the fantastic efforts of our fundraisers – efforts which have a huge impact on the future of those affected by Niemann-Pick disease.

“Ben, Scarlet and all of the TeamRoman supporters are shining examples of this, and we are incredibly appreciative of all they have done to fundraise and raise awareness.”