Friends organise charity football match for Soham boy Alex Lister’s wheelchair appeal


Two friends teamed up to organise a charity football match in aid of a boy they have known since primary school.

Twelve-year-olds Benjamin Francis and Elli-Rai Quinn-Nicholls staged the game at Soham Village College, where Alex Lister, who is wheelchair-bound after a brain tumour left him with a weakness down his right side, is a pupil.

Alex’s family has launched an appeal to raise £4,000 so he can get a new wheelchair.

The pair’s football match has raised £54, with more to be collected.

Benjamin’s proud mum Melanie said: “The idea came when they saw the Facebook campaign. They’ve known Alex for years so they decided it would be good to raise money for him.”

To donate, go to and search for Alex Lister or e-mail