Fourteen year old Jack Masters holds tribute football event for his dad
Laura Masters shared Jack’s story
Jack lost his dad Pete Masters to SUDEP in March 2015; it was a massive shock to all of us. Jack has been a member of the Herne Bay Harriers Football club since he was 8 years old. The Harriers Fixture Secretary Dave Bott came up with a brilliant idea of holding a charity football match for SUDEP Action, to show their support for Jack, and of how much they thought of his dad Pete.
Jack lives for football and has been playing since he was 5 years old. Pete loved to watch him play the game. Jack trains with his football team every week. The Harriers football team are an extended family for Jack and have been brilliant.
We held the memorial match on the 2 August at Herne Bay’s Main Football Ground. It was a sunny day and so many people turned up to watch the game. The Dave Botts under 18’s team members all came back for the event as they are all at different Universities. The under 18 Harriers team gave up their time to make the game possible and of course Jack’s under 14 team who all played too. Jack played the whole match with the Under 18’s Harriers and did an amazing job; they won the game by 4 goals to 3.
We had various other activities at the football event to help raise more money for SUDEP Action including tombola, name the teddy and glitter tattoos. A friend of mine helped look after the tombola, glitter tattoos and name the bear stands. My friends and I organised all the prizes for the tombola which raised £1085. We managed to get some amazing prizes from some generous local businesses.
The whole day raised £2485 and so much awareness. Most people had never heard of SUDEP, just as we hadn’t before Jack lost his dad. The game was sponsored by Complete Roofing who donated £250. The Harriers Football Club also donated £250 after they all decided they wanted to match the sponsor, as it was such a good day and worthy cause. The motivation came mostly from Jack’s football team who wanted to show that Jack is part of the Harriers’ family, help create awareness of SUDEP and raise funds.
It has been arranged now that this would be a yearly event as everyone enjoyed it so much. They decided to call it the ‘Masters Cups’ in memory of Jack’s dad Pete. Jack thought it was a brilliant idea as it was so much fun to be part of and he is looking forward to next year’s match.
Jack did a brilliant job and his dad would be very proud of him. This is the first time Jack has done anything like this, he was nervous about it because he didn’t want to let his dad down.
Jack is very thankful for everyone who helped make the day possible, it was such a positive day and we couldn’t believe how many people turned up to show support for SUDEP Action. It showed him how many people cared about his dad and about him.