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Chris Lill Memorial Trophy

Picture4Just Giving- Swallownest FC v Maltby Main FC. The Chris Lill Memorial Trophy, fundraising for Rushey Meadow Children’s Home and Mind Sheffield.

Christopher Mark Lill, born on the 25th of February 1992, is fondly remembered as part of a famous football family. Brothers Alex and Josh played for both Swallownest and Maltby Main, father Richard is Vice Chair at Swallownest, and Mother Ann has been a supporter of her boys and a popular and valued volunteer at a number of non-League clubs.

Chris spent the first few weeks of his life in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Northern General Hospital, where a series of tests revealed that he had been born with a unique chromosomal disorder and would be living with severe learning difficulties.

As younger brothers Alex & Josh grew older, they loved playing football on the back garden and Chris would generally sit in the middle of the ‘pitch’ watching and laughing at them. As they began playing Junior football, Chris really enjoyed watching the boys play their games.

Ann & Richard knew that home life was always frenetic with Chris, so football was always the family escape. Chris was non-verbal and profoundly deaf and later lost his sight, however his smile and use of ‘body language’ ensured he always got his point across. He only really got upset if someone took his football sock away from him (from an early age he used a football sock as a ‘comforter’).

Picture2.pngEvery Monday night (straight from School) and every 6th weekend, Chris visited Rushey Meadow Respite centre, and was always delighted when he saw his ‘Rushey Overnight bag’.

After a battle with deteriorating health, Chris passed away on the afternoon of January 12th 2018, aged just 26.

As a tribute, Swallownest and Maltby Main play an annual fundraising match in memory of Chris’s life and in support of the brilliant staff at Rushey Meadow.

Rushey Meadow Children's Home is part of the Sheffield City Council’s Children, Young People and Families Service, located on Bannerdale Road in Sheffield and provides a service of residentially based respite care to children with severe learning disabilities. Their service plays a key role in enhancing the lives of young disabled people and their families; and the home offers care which respects and values the young people within a nurturing environment where their abilities are developed and achievements celebrated with a 24-hour service, including weekends.

Some of the children require a high level of personal care including feeding, bathing, and intimate care, undertaken by highly-skilled and well-trained staff. Workers receive training on moving and handling young people, administering medication and other skills needed to be able to safely care for this special group of children. Some homemaking and domestic duties are also part of the carers’ role.Picture3

The clubs are looking to raise a minimum of £500 from Saturday’s fixture, with Podium Products proud to be lead sponsor.

You can donate at “Swallownest FC - Support Rushey Meadow Children’s Home and Mind Sheffield.”

Click HERE to Donate on Just Giving

Thanks in advance for your support of a great cause and “a little man who could”.

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