Fundraiser is thanks for saving son’s life

Kurt Street ( 15 ), is organising a charity cricket match.
Kurt Street ( 15 ), is organising a charity cricket match.

A Daventry family is saying thank you to the hospital that treated their five-year-old son for a stroke, by organising a charity cricket match.

Kurt Smith, now 15, suffered from the stroke 10 years ago after he contracted chicken pox internally which went to his brain and brought on the stroke.

He has since made a full recovery and both Kurt and his parents, from the Headlands estate in Daventry, are now pledging to raise funds for Northampton General Hospital.

His mum Emma said: “We didn’t know until he had it that you could get chicken pox internally, and it was such a rare case that we had a consultant come over from Oxford to help with his treatment.

“We look back now and know we’re so fortunate Kurt is still here. We wanted to do something to say thank you to the hospital.

“The hospital provided so much support at the time and we were all so grateful. We just wanted to give something back.”

The charity 20/20 match will take place at Badby Cricket Club on Saturday and starts at 12pm.

One of the teams will be provided from Wincanton with another made up from anyone who wants to play.

Among the other attractions on the day is a raffle, barebecue, tombola, plus refreshments will be served.

Kurt’s father John said: “Wincanton have been great in supporting the day, they have given us a Nintendo Wii to give away and have helped to provide one of the teams. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

A Parker -EACT Academy pupil, Kurt said: “We have managed to raise a total of £165 and that was since Saturday when we set up the Justgiving page.

“We don’t have a target that we want to raise, just aiming for as much as possible on the day.

“It should be a really good day and we hope as many people as possible come along.”

The money will be donated to the Northampton General Hospital Charitable Fund.

For further information about the day and to donate money to the cause visit