Higham boy, age seven, inspires footie tournament and fun day

Event organiser and Stroke Association campaigner James Archer
Event organiser and Stroke Association campaigner James Archer
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A fund-raiser, inspired by a boy from Higham who suffered a stroke at birth, has raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

James and Liz Archer’s son, Oliver, suffered a stroke when he was born in April 2010 and spent seven days in the Neo-natal Unit of West Suffolk Hospital.

Since then the couple have campaigned to raise awareness of childhood strokes and funds for the Stroke Association.

“We’re very lucky and fortunate that he had a good outcome, a lot of people don’t, so, rather than accept that, we use it to help raise awareness and money,” said James, a director of Coastline Graphics, which hosted a fund-raiser, raising more than £1,600, on May 28.

Hundreds of people turned out for Coastline’s second charity football tournament and family fun day, which took place this year, free-of-charge, at the Skyliner Sports Centre in Rougham Tower Avenue.

The day’s 10 participating six-a-side teams wore either purple or yellow T-shirts to represent the charity’s colours and there were lots of other activities for families to get involved in from a Nerf battle arena and face-painting to 442 Football Academy training and an inflatable pitch.

James said the new venue was ‘perfect’ and the event, which he hopes to make even bigger next year, had gone ‘really well’ and exceeded their £1,500 fund-raising target.