Tragic Tyler’s dad thanks Hitchin community for support – and Liverpool Football Club

Stephen Reader (left) and Team Tyler.

Stephen Reader (left) and Team Tyler. - Credit: Archant

The father of a two-year-old boy who died from sepsis which started off as a sore throat has thanked people from Hitchin and the wider community for supporting a fundraiser in his son’s name – as well as Liverpool Football Club.

Little Tyler Reader, who regularly took part in Little Kickers football sessions at The Priory School in Bedford Road, first fell ill with a sore throat and temperature.

The young Liverpool fan’s parents Stephen and Lisa Reader were told to give pain and fever relief – but as his condition worsened doctors diagnosed him with group A streptococcus, an infection linked to tonsillitis.

Unfortunately Tyler had a severe strain, and he sadly passed away a short while later on Friday, November 6 last year.

His devastated parents decided to organise the ‘Tyler Reader Brighter Future Fund Fun Day’ on Easter Sunday to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, as a team from the hospital tried to save the football-mad tot.

You may also want to watch:

Despite bad weather more than 200 people turned out at the event in London Colney, and through donations and the sale of raffle tickets it raised £2,010 – making the total figure raised since the fund started to £11,600.

Stephen told the Comet: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone from Hitchin who came to support our fun day – as well as the incredible support we’ve had from everywhere else too.

Most Read

“I can’t thank people enough, including Liverpool FC, who sent a signed match ball immediately after we contacted them as Tyler was a big fan. It was a very kind gesture by them.”

A black tie evening, Tyler’s Playtime Ball will be held at the Conservatory at Luton Hoo’s Walled Garden on Saturday November 12. To sponsor the event contact Stephen at

You can also donate via or by texting ‘TRBF82 £5’ to 70070.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter