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Bromley’s Pixie Lott teams up with family and celebrity friends to raise money with charity football match at Erith Town FC

PUBLISHED: 12:59 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 28 February 2017

Singer and former Strictly Come Dancing star Pixie Lott

Singer and former Strictly Come Dancing star Pixie Lott

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Her uncle, the joint manager of Erith Town FC is taking on the marathon

Pixie Lott's nan Peggy Pixie Lott's nan Peggy

Singer Pixie Lott has joined forces with her uncle to raise money for a charity researching the disease that struck her nan.

Together with uncle, Ricky Bennett, the pair are organising a football match between celebrities and ex-professionals which will raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Mr Bennett, who is the joint manager of Erith Town FC, is taking on the London Marathon in memory of his mum, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Bennett.

Peggy, who lived in Sidcup and was Pixie’s nan, died with vascular dementia in 2014 at the age of 83.

Pixie Lott together with her nan Peggy Pixie Lott together with her nan Peggy

“Both my nans were hit hard by Alzheimer’s and dementia so I know how difficult it can be to see someone close to you go through this illness,” said Miss Lott.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star is also raising the money in honour of her nan on her mum’s side, Amelia Martin, who died with Alzheimer’s disease at 84 in 2012.

Coming up against the Bromley singer’s team of celebs will be a side of ex-professionals and semi-professionals from Concept Old Boys, Ricky Bennett’s veterans’ team.

So far the former Dartford FC player has raised £1,190 in fundraising of his £3,000 target, ahead of the marathon on April 23

Ricky Bennett together with his mum Ricky Bennett together with his mum

The dad-of-two, who lives in Bexley and works as a site inspector, said: “My mum was a very strong woman. She brought up five of us singlehandedly.

“All of us grew up and went on to have our own families, and that was when Mum started to get all her grandchildren’s names muddled up. We joked about it at the time but that was the first sign.

“She was so proud of us. She loved football and has shaped my love of the sport. Sadly, by the time Pixie was holding concerts, she was too far gone to go to one.

The charity football match will take place on Sunday, April 2 at the VCD Athletic FC stadium at Old Road, Crayford.

Tickets will be available on the day for £5, with under 12s going free with a paying adult.

To donate to Ricky’s fundraising page, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ricky-Bennett3.

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