STRATFORD Town’s 2015 play-off heroes will be reunited for a fund-raiser for former player Jamie Sheldon next weekend.
A Town team managed by Carl Adams will head to Sutton Coldfield Town to face a Royals play-off-winning squad on Sunday, March 18 (2pm) to support Sheldon after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Sheldon, who played 116 times for Town, scoring 35 goals, began treatment in November but thankfully he is now in remission.
“I’ll continue to be under surveillance for five years, but after three months and three cycles of successful chemotherapy I’m so happy to be on the other side and can start trying to get back to living life,” said Sheldon. “ Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way!
“My treatment was on the Young Persons Unit (YPU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hosptial and I can’t thank them enough for making my treatment that little bit easier for me and would love to give as much back as I possibly can. So thank you to everybody for their donations already towards my charity game on March 18.”
Sheldon, whose CV also includes spells at Birmingham City, Leamington, Redditch, Chasetown, Solihull, Hednesford and Sutton, had been out of football since last March and underwent surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments before discovering he had cancer.
The fund-raiser will raise funds to help Sheldon and his family on his road to recovery.
Town boss Adams said: “We really want to help Jamie out, as he’s recently bought a house. He’s a modest, down to earth lad, who loves his football and we are delighted to help. I hope to bring my full Stratford play-off winning side to Sutton in support of Jamie.”
Entry to the game is by way of donation. To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jamie-sheldon.