Pupils at a West Yorkshire School have recruited EFL referee Andy Madley to officiate a charity football match that will raise money in memory of class mate Ellie Bramham, who passed away last week.Year 11 pupils at BBG Academy have organised the game to raise funds in memory of Ellie, who lost her battle with Type 1 Diabetes just three days after her 14th birthday.
The match, which is scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Wednesday 25th January, will be overseen by referee Andy Madley, who has been on the EFL list of referees since 2011. He has spent the past six years officiating high-profile EFL matches, including the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals at Wembley.
BBG Academy Head Teacher Saira Luffman has paid tribute to Ellie, saying: “Ellie was a very fun loving, bubbly, character with a great generosity of spirit. She played a big role in academy life.
“Ellie will be remembered by many for her love to make everyone laugh and for her infectious smile. She will be sorely missed at BBG. Our thoughts are with Ellie’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Players will each pay £5 to take part in the game and spectators are to be charged £1 to watch. All proceeds from the event go directly to Ellie’s fund.