Shrewsbury Town captain Ollie Norburn raising funds for Sands in memory of late son Louie

Shrewsbury Town captain Ollie Norburn is raising funds later this year by walking 30 miles in memory of his son Louie.

Shrewsbury captain Ollie Norburn is raising money for Sands, in memory of his son Louie, later this year (AMA)
Shrewsbury captain Ollie Norburn is raising money for Sands, in memory of his son Louie, later this year (AMA)

The Salop skipper, his fiancée Lucy and the couple’s families suffered tragedy last September as Louie was stillborn.

Norburn has since said he is playing in memory of his son and has a tattoo on his wrist, which he kisses after scoring a goal.

And, after the League One season ends, the 28-year-old will be joined by family and friends in a commemorative walk from his hometown of Bolton, to Ribby Hall Village, in Kirkham in Preston, a total of 30 miles, on May 15.

Norburn, his family and friends are raising funds for Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society), a charity that helped the couple cope with their loss.

He has already raised more than £5,000, with almost £5,800 raised from 160 donors at the time of writing.

Members of the football family, from Shrewsbury and further afield, have supported the couple and their friends. Norburn’s best friend and Reading captain Liam Moore donated £1,000.

Norburn’s former Town boss Sam Ricketts has donated, as has assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham alongside team-mates Sean Goss, Charlie Caton, Harry Burgoyne, Dave Edwards, Matthew Pennington and Ethan Ebanks-Landell, as well as many former colleagues and fans.

Former Shrewsbury player and friend of Norburn, Joe Riley, has chipped in, having himself raised thousands of pounds for The Royal Bolton Hospital Maternity and Bereavement Unit after his son Leo was stillborn that year.

Norburn said on his funding page: “To say it wasn’t a difficult time would be a understatement. The pain doesn’t go away but to know he’s at rest and peace makes things that little bit easier. Thank you to every body who has reached out and shown support.”

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-my-still-born-louie-ollie-norburn

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