THE family of a Sandhurst boy who died from a rare form of brain cancer have said that they are overwhelmed by the support they received at last week’s celeb football match.

On Sunday, January 29, Bracknell Town Football Club in Sandhurst was filled to capacity as people from up and down the UK gathered in Ethan’s memory.

Although bittersweet for mum Nikki, it was a way to celebrate what would have been his 19th birthday in a way that keeps his name alive.

Nikki Treharne said: It’s incredible, absolutely incredible.

"How many thousands of people are here for my boy today for his birthday. Obviously, it’s bittersweet and I wish Ethan was here however I’m so pleased so many people have lent their names, their time, their effort, and their money to get here for Ethan.

"For me, having lost a child, I needed to find a purpose. Although there’s nothing positive about losing a child, I need to show my other children to keep moving forward.

“Helping other people, being kind and most important keeping Ethan’s name and memory alive so in years to come people know who Ethan is and we create a legacy for him.”

In conjunction with Sellebrity Soccer, celebs such as James Arthur, Danny Dyer and Dan Osbourne were among those to don their boots for charity.

The day begun with a memorial walk from Heatherwood Hospital where Ethan was born and finished at the club in Sandhurst.

His love of football inspired the family to organise the event to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and Frimley Health Trust.

Nikki added: “He’d love this. He loved sports so he’d get a real buzz out of this. Especially because some of his friends are playing in the team today and that’s really special to them. He would love that.

“As parents, it’s important for us to continue the fight to honour Ethan. If we can stop other families from going through the pain of losing a child then we will keep going.”