Football rivalry renewed as family aim to raise £20k to repay Sheffield Children’s Hospital for ‘wonderful care’ when seven-year-old son passed away

Opening of memorial garden at Woodsetts Primary School in memory of pupil James Dexter (w120330-4a)
Opening of memorial garden at Woodsetts Primary School in memory of pupil James Dexter (w120330-4a)

Two football teams will renew their rivalry to raise money in memory of a beloved local youngster who passed away in 2011.

The second annual Jimmy Dexter Memorial Cup will be contestd by Butchers Arms XI and Williams Bar XI on Sunday at Woodsetts Recreation Ground.

James Dexter died suddenly at Sheffield Children’s Hospital on 5th April four years ago.

His parents Sean and Sally began to fundraise in his honour, and in 2014 handed over £1,300 to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity after holding a football match at Anston Cricket Club.

This year a Just Giving page reveals that more than £11,000 has been raised.

Sean said: “The doctors and nurses were outstanding as they worked around the clock to care for James and ourselves in very emotional and difficult circumstances.”

“We all feel that by raising money to help the hospital, we are giving them something in return for their wonderful and professional care.”

The Jimmy Dexter Memorial Cup was established from an idea to rekindle the rivalry between the Butchers Arms and Williams Bar in the 1990s.

All proceeds from Sunday’s big match will go to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Embrace Ambulance Service.

Prior to the 2pm kick-off of the senior match, Worksop Town Under 8s will take on Dinnington Town Under 8s at 12.30pm as a warm up for the free to enter main event.

After the match an auction will take place in the Butchers Arms pub.

Signed Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday shirts, a signed Steve Davis snooker cue, a boxing glove signed by Ricky Hatton, football tickets, hotel stays and a special Sky Sports experience with former boxer Johnny Nelson will be up for grabs.

The Sheffield Children’s Hospital, along with Embrace Ambulance Service, is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK.

The charity’s role is to provide over and above the standard NHS provision, enhancing the hospital and matching world class equipment with existing world class expertise.

The current Make it Better appeal is aiming to transform the children’s hospital by raising £10 million regionally by 2016 so they can create an environment which helps children get better quicker, with privacy to recover from painful surgeries, in world class facilities.

Sean added: “We would love to hit a staggering amount for a cause that is very close to a lot of hearts.”

Visit to donate to the campaign.