Ampthill dad diagnosed with cancer raises over £9k for charity ahead of Luton Town charity match

Dave was diagnosed with cancer in 2019, but he is now stabe
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A dad has raised more than £9k for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust ahead of a special pre-season charity football game.

Dad-of-three Dave Bateson, from Ampthill, was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and found that it spread to his spine, liver, and lungs. After receiving a course of immunotherapy at Addenbrooke Hospital, his cancer has stabilised.

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Now, Dave wants to give something back to Addenbrooke by helping to raise money to support more research in the area and help other families.

Right:  Dave Bateson, with Ampthill Town FC chairman Gary MaidmentRight:  Dave Bateson, with Ampthill Town FC chairman Gary Maidment
Right: Dave Bateson, with Ampthill Town FC chairman Gary Maidment

Dave is a huge football fan whose 18-year-old son, Jack, has recently signed a professional contract with Luton Town. The 47-year-old to set up a Just Giving donations page as he organises a pre-season charity friendly game between Luton Town Under 21s and his home club, Ampthill Town FC.

Within hours of setting up the page, donations flooded in A staggering £9,359 has been raised whilst hundreds of locals have also bought tickets for the pre-season game at Ampthill Town FC on July 18 at 7.30pm. All money from the tickets will also be donated to charity.

He said: “My son, Jack, has played for many years at Luton Academy and with my links to Ampthill Town too, this seemed the perfect idea to organise a charity pre-friendly game.”

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Dave called on the community to come along to the match and support the charity. He said: "[Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust] have been absolutely incredible and do some amazing work to improve the lives of so many people. To think I’m living my normal life with cancer is mind-blowing.”

Ampthill Town FC’s chairman Gary Maidment said the club wanted to support Dave’s fundraising in every way they could. He said: “When I learned about Dave's courageous battle, I knew we had to lend a hand. Ampthill Town Football Club isn't just a football club; we are the heartbeat of our community.

"And we couldn't be prouder to host this match, where every penny raised will make a difference.”

Tickets cost £6.50 for those over 16, £3.50 for concessions (OAP) and £1.50 for children. To purchase tickets, go to this page. To make a donation click here.