Posh Legends to play for Effie

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A charity football match is being held to raise funds for a young Whittlesey girl with an incurable and debilitating condition.

A Posh Legends team will take to the field on Sunday, July 26 for Effie Hadman who is five on Saturday and is not expected to live long enough to become a teenager.

Effie has Batten Disease, a disorder of the nervous system, which will leave her bedridden and could see her registered blind.

Effie, who was an energetic toddler, began suffering seizures in January 2013 before being diagnosed with the condition. She is now fed through a tube.

The Posh Legends are taking on REC Whittlesey at the athletics ground in Drybread Road. And although the players have not been confirmed, some well-known footballers are expected to take part.

Money raised will go to help Effie’s quality of life, including a bath with hydrotherapy bubbles which will help ease her pain when her muscles spasm.

Effie’s mum Carly said: “She still enjoys watching Mickey Mouse and always giggles when we put it on. We think she can still see the light and colours and her hearing is still okay.

“She still remembers who we are and reaches to feel our faces when we talk to her.

“She seems happy in herself - she is far braver than I could ever be - and so we’re trying to do as many fun things with her as possible, while we can.

“Her life expectancy is five to 12 years. We’re grateful for every day we have with her, as things can and will change so rapidly.”

The match starts at 10.30am and entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Other activities going on during the day could include a raffle and bouncy castle.

You can follow updates about Effie and her progress by liking the Facebook page called ‘Effie’s Battle with Batten Disease - LINCL’.