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THE help of the Free Kicks Foundation has helped to bring some joy to a young family, following recent heartbreak when they were forced to flee their burning house on Christmas Day.

When Burton Albion heard the news, the club acted on using the support of the Free Kicks Foundation to supply the family with a hospitality and mascot package for the fixture against QPR.

It is believed to have been caused by a tumble dryer and caused severe damage to the Trent & Dove Housing home in Bronte Close. The ground floor of the property was severely burned and the upstairs had heavy smoke damage.

The children’s Christmas presents and clothes were also destroyed. There was also damage to the house next door.

When Brewers chairman Ben Robinson heard of the new, he said: “I was told one of the boys is a big football fan so the club wanted to do something to help them out.

“It’s terrible what has happened so if we can put a smile on their faces, that is what we will do.

Father of the family, Mr Morris said: “Marcus loves football. He loves playing it and watching it. He doesn’t really support any particular team; he just loves to watch it.

“When I told him, it was like Christmas morning all over again. He was so excited and happy when he found out.”

Following on from the game, Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “It was lovely to be able to accommodate the family for the QPR game after what they have been through.

The family seemed in good spirits despite what had happened and it’s great to see how our football club helped to put smiles on the faces of the youngsters. We’d like to say a special thankyou also to the Free Kicks Foundation for helping to put the package together to make moments like this happen.”