Tickets still on sale for charity fundraiser

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Tickets are still on sale for a charity fundraising event in Upton next month.

Mum Sophie Charlesworth will be having her hair shaved in memory of her baby son at The Gantry pub on Saturday, April 5.

Leeds Rhinos players Kallum Watkins and Zak Hardaker will carry out the head shaving to raise funds for Group B Strep Support.

Miss Charlesworth’s son, Jake Reynolds, died from the infection 15 hours after being born on Mother’s Day in 2011. The event will take place two days after what would have been Jake’s third birthday.

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a usually harmless bacteria but it can cause septicaemia, pneumonia or meningitis in newborn babies. Jake developed septicaemia.

Group B Strep Support is a charity that campaigns for pregnant women to be told about the infection and for GBS-specific testing to be freely available to pregnant women.

The fundraising event starts at noon, with a children’s disco from 3pm and the head shaving at 7pm.

Tickets cost £10 and are now on sale at the venue, which is off Waggon Lane.

To donate, visit and search for Miss Charlesworth’s page in the fundraising section.