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Sheppey: Charity football match held in memory of baby who died three years ago

By Chloe Holmwood

Gary Marsh, manager of Sheerness East Youth Football Club under-11s, and coach Harry Mulheron organised a fun day at Sheerness East Working Men’s Club in Halfway in memory of Harry's daughter, Imogen, who died in her sleep on October 18, 2014, when she was six-months-old.

A charity football match last Saturday has so far raised more than £1,140 for the Lullaby Trust, which raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Imogen died in her sleep on October 18, 2014 when she was six-months-old

Imogen died in her sleep on October 18, 2014 when she was six-months-old

Harry and Imogen's mother, Janine Harty, from Queenborough, said they were overwhelmed by the support they had received.

"We’d like to say thank you to the players who gave up their Saturday morning to play the game, to Sheerness East Football Club for allowing us to use their pitch and kindly supplying the match ball, and to Brompton Athletic Football Club for loaning us their kits for the day," said Harry.

A charity football match was held at Sheerness East Working Men's Club, Halfway, in memory of Imogen Harty-Mulheron. Picture Jemma Arbin

A charity football match was held at Sheerness East Working Men's Club, Halfway, in memory of Imogen Harty-Mulheron. Picture: Jemma Arbin

The 29-year-old added: "Also, not to forget the spectators who came down to cheer us on. We are so very grateful and everyone had a good day."

When asked why the couple chose to support the Lullaby Trust, Janine, 29, said it was an easy decision to make.

"It is the leading charity of Sudden Infant Death and has been researching endlessly into why this happens, what babies are most at risk and also funds the Care of Next Infant scheme after the sudden death of a baby.

Harry Mulheron and Janine Harty with their sons Jack (left) and Archie (right)

Harry Mulheron and Janine Harty with their sons Jack (left) and Archie (right)

"We, as a family, benefited from this scheme when our little Tommy came along in February 2016.

"It even brought reassurance to his older siblings, Jack, nine, and Archie, six, at the time of his birth who were also left completely devastated and frightened by the loss of their baby sister."

The charity football match was held last Saturday in memory of Imogen

The charity football match was held last Saturday in memory of Imogen

Harry and Janine said they now have plans to make this type of fundraiser an annual event in Imogen’s memory.

Janine said: "Everyone involved had a good day and want to do it all again."

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