Clenchwarton couple host fundraising day to say thanks for Jessa’s care

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A couple from Clenchwarton will host a charity football tournament this weekend for the intensive care unit that nursed their baby daughter.

At least 16 teams are expected to take part in the five-a-side event on the village playing field on Sunday, which is being organised by Scott and Jemma Seekings.

The couple are raising funds for the neonatal intensive care unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital(in the QEH) in recognition of its care for their two-year-old daughter, Jessa.

Jessa was born in March 2014, at just 24 weeks, and spent the first seven weeks of her life at hospitals in London and Norwich, before spending a further 10 weeks in the QEH.

He said: “After travelling miles to see our little girl and with our other children still at home, being transferred back to our local hospital was like coming home. We can never thank them enough for the care they gave, not just to Jessa, but to all of us.”

Mr Seekings, who coaches the village’s Under 13 football team, said doctors had warned them Jessa could be permanently disabled after she suffered a bleed on the brain.

But he added: “She can run around. She’s a little miracle every day.”

The couple organised a five-a-side football event last year in which eight teams competed. All of them will be returning to play again this weekend.

More teams are still welcome to sign up, at a cost of £5 per player, though Mr Seekings said they were especially keen to hear from any volunteer referees who can help on the day.

Anyone who would like to help, or register a team, can phone 07775 534214.

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