Spalding school’s football match in memory of Callum Pite

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The annual Sir John Gleed School Staff vs Post 16 Students football match has taken place

All participants – including the match officials and injured players – paid an entry fee, with the proceeds going to the Callum Pite Smile Charity.

Callum, of Pinchbeck, died on New Year’s Day in 2013 after a two-and-a-half year battle with a rare form of bone cancer. The teenager was aged 14 and attended the Sir John Gleed School in Spalding where a remembrance garden has been created.

At the time of his death, Callum’s headteacher described him as “a popular student” and said: “Right from the start when they heard he had died his friends wanted to do something special for him.

“I have been impressed with how mature the students have been in dealing with the loss of their friend.”

The Callum Pite Smile Charity was launched in his name to provide distraction and experiences for teenagers undergoing treatment for cancer and their families in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Head of Year 10 and physical education teacher Ian Billinghurst said over £200 was raised for the charity at the latest football match.

Charity representatives were at the game when the Staff team wore a Boston United kit – Callum was a member of Boston United Football in the Community team.

The game finished 1-1, with the Staff team taking the lead from a lobbed effort by Mr Stewart in the first half, and the Post 16 Students equalising mid-way through the second half through an own goal.

Mr Billinghurst said: “The game was played in fantastic spirit and is a fitting way of remembering Callum and his love of football, especially his beloved Liverpool.

“Plans are already being made for the second leg before Easter 2016!”

Year 11 students from the school also raised funds for the charity by touring their anti-bullying drama and workshop.

They visited The Priory School as well as primary schools in the district.

Since his death the local community has continued to support the Callum Pite Smile Charity, including annual charity football matches held during fun days at Pinchbeck.

Pinchbeck United Football Club was up against Spalding Wanderers and Pinchbeck also took on Boston United in an under 18s match last summer.

Organiser Nigel Stevens said the event raised around £1,400 for the charity.

In October, charity trustees held their fifth bash in aid of the Callum Pite Smile Charity at South Holland Centre in Spalding, with live music as well as a disco.

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