Norfolk pub landlord to raise funds for family of unwell baby boy through England ticket sales

Fans watching the England game against Panama in The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Fans watching the England game against Panama in The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk pub landlord is raising funds for the family of a baby boy newly diagnosed with a genetic condition through sales of tickets to England's world cup semi-finals.

Paul Sandford, landlord at The Railway Tavern, posted on Facebook to say funds raised from tickets to the clash with Croatia on Wednesday night would be donated to the family of baby boy Jack Smith.

He said Jack's mum Lauren, part of the bar team at the pub, had recently found out her son has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which makes the muscles weaker and causes problems with movement. Mr Sandford said the diagnosis shortened Jack's life expectancy and that 'life is so, so cruel sometimes'.

Any money raised from the game will be donated to the family. Tickets will go on sale at 12pm on Monday. Call 01362 288166 for information.


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