Former football star’s goal to help poorly baby

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A FOOTBALL pundit and former England star is pitching in to help a poorly baby.

Former England and Southampton midfielder Matt le Tissier will be the guest of honour at a sportsman’s dinner taking place in aid of Peterlee baby Oliver Osborn.

Young Oliver – who turns one today – suffers from severe epilepsy, with up to 100 seizures a day.

Parents Danielle Coils, 28, and Rik Osborn, 29, of Wadham Close, say he is “just like a newborn” as he is always so heavily sedated due to his condition, and they are desperately seeking medication to slow down the rate of the epilepsy.

Matt, 45, who is now a Sky Sports pundit, will be at Peterlee Catholic Club, in Grampian Drive, on Thursday, April 10, from 7pm to midnight.

The event will also feature comedian Jimmy Earl and Jerry Earl as the MC, and there will be a raffle and auction.

Tickets are £35 and include a meal.

Rik’s childhood friends John Chisholm, 29, and Chris Baker, 25, who is Oliver’s godfather, were able to book le Tissier.

Rik said: “It’s fantastic, we are hoping to do it on an annual basis.

“The support has been fantastic.”

Anyone wanting to donate to the fundraising campaign for Oliver can do so at

Tickets for the dinner can be obtained from John on 07889 196328 or Chris on 07917 845440, and anyone who can donate raffle prizes can also get in touch this way.