Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp has chosen The Keepmoat Stadium to host the inaugural charity dinner for the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation.
The event, which is taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday 14 November, will see a number of special guests attending including former England and Southampton striker Matt Le Tisser and will be hosted by Seth Bennett from BBC Radio Sheffield.
The charity was set up by Billy Sharp and his partner Jade Fair in memory of their son Luey Jacob Sharp, who sadly died last year just two days old. The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation has been established to make a difference to families affected by Gastroschisis.
The couple have been working tirelessly to launch the Foundation and the dinner at the Keepmoat will be the first event they have held in aid of the charity.
Jade Fair, Chief Executive of the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation, said: “We are really looking forward to the charity dinner and especially coming back to the Keepmoat Stadium.
“The Rovers fans were so supportive of Billy and I, and it is our way of saying thank you to them by having the event in Doncaster.
“We are hoping to raise £10,000 at the event for the Foundation and are holding a charity auction on the night with lots including football memorabilia, the chance to drive a Mercedes for the weekend and over-night stays in exclusive hotels.
“We are incredibly passionate about the charity and hope that the event raises as much money as possible and increases awareness aboutGastroschisis.”
Tickets for the event, which includes a fantastic three course meal, are priced at £40 +VAT per person and are available from Doncaster Rovers FC.
Doncaster Rovers Chairman John Ryan said: “We are delighted that Billy and Jade have chosen to hold their special event at the Keepmoat Stadium.
“Billy was a fantastic servant for the club and a fans favourite. The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation is a wonderful charity and both Billy and Jade should be incredibly proud for what they have already achieved.
“I am sure our fans will get behind this event and show their support for such a worthwhile cause.”
Gastroschisis is a condition usually picked up by week 14 in pregnancy and the cause of which is still unknown. The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation is hoping to raise awareness of the condition and is also campaigning for care of pregnant mothers carrying babies with the condition.