Darren Huckerby and Paul McVeigh to star in Carrow Road charity match to remember Coltishall teenager Ryan Sweatman who died from meningitis

Canary legends Darren Huckerby and Paul McVeigh will play in a charity match at Carrow Road to raise funds in memory of a Coltishall teenager who died of meningitis.

Ryan Sweatman's family set up a fund to raise money to help find a cure for meningitis after the death of the 19-year-old student.

The teenager, who died in his sleep from meningococcal septicaemia on January 6 after returning to university from his home in Coltishall.

The donation fund is already up to �9,500 which Ryan's mum, Gina Weston, said was 'amazing and shows us how much Ryan was thought of and loved'.

She added: 'One of the greatest loves of Ryan's life was football and Norwich City in particular. It is therefore fitting that a memorial match to commemorate Ryan's life will take place at the Carrow Road ground, where he was a season ticket holder. The match, which runs from 1pm to 4pm on May 23, will feature two of Norwich's most famous names from their recent past – Darren Huckerby and Paul McVeigh – playing alongside Ryan's family and closest friends. The event will also feature a performance by Dynamic Dance.'

All the proceeds from the match, and accompanying auction and raffle, will be in aid of the work of Meningitis Research Foundation in combating meningitis and septicaemia.

Ryan, who was born in Norwich and sat his A-levels at Paston College in North Walsham, had been slightly unwell over the Christmas holidays with a cold. But he had none of the symptoms of meningitis and felt fine when he left home on January 4.

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Ryan's sister, Carly Fryman, 24, from Sprowston, has also enlisted the help of her students at Dynamic Dance to stage a dance show this summer for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

The show will feature dancers from a range of different age classes and ability, from age three through to adult, and will be taking place at the Open Youth venue, in Bank Plain, on Saturday, June 23, with performances at 3pm and 7pm.

A �5 donation will gain entry to the match as well as a free raffle ticket. For more details call Danny Sweatman on 07763002103, email rememberryan@hotmail.co.uk or tweet @dannysweatman.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/rememberryan or text RYAN92 with your donations in �s (e.g. RYAN92 �10) to 70070.

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