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Match to help raise funds for Keith’s trust

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

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BURTON Albion will play a special pre-season friendly to help raise cash for charity in memory of a Brewers supporter who collapsed and died at a football match in Mickleover.

Sixty-seven-year-old Keith Calladine (pictured) had suffered from heart problems for a number of years and had a quadruple bypass in 2009.

A sheet metal worker, he had been watching Mickleover Sports play at the Raygar Stadium when he died in 2012.

The day before he had enjoyed a Burton Albion game at the Pirelli Stadium and was a regular at both clubs.

Now, the two teams will play each other on Wednesday, July 23, at the Raygar Stadium to raise funds for the trust set up in Mr Calladine’s honour.

A spokesman for Burton Albion told the Mail: “A Burton Albion team will take on Mickleover Sports on Wednesday, July 23.

“The game will take place at the Raygar Stadium, with kick-off at 7.15pm.

“The two teams will compete for the KC Trophy in conjunction with the KC Trust.

“The KC Trust was set up in 2012 following the sad passing of Keith Calladine, a lifelong supporter of both Mickleover Sports and Burton Albion.

“The KC Trust raises money for heart defibrillators and distributes them to businesses locally.

“The aim of the KC Trust is to make heart defibrillators as commonplace as fire extinguishers.

“All proceeds from the game will be split between Mickleover Sports and the KC Trust, and admission prices will be announced in due course.”

The KC Trust was set up by Mr Calladine’s son Paul, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity and for the installation of defibrillators since his father’s death.

Paul has taken part in several marathons to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the nurses at Papworth Hospital, who had looked after his dad after he underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.

Anyone who wants to help Paul can contact him by emailing paul@burtonalbionfc.co.uk

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