Football match set to score for cancer charity

Organiser Adam Broadley lifts the Peter West Memorial Trophy after victory for his side in last year's match.
Organiser Adam Broadley lifts the Peter West Memorial Trophy after victory for his side in last year's match.

A charity football match in Eastwood is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for a third year running to help people beat cancer.

The Peter West Memorial Trophy match, to be played at Eastwood Community FC on Saturday, June 9 (4 pm), has been organised by two members of the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

One of them, Adam Broadley, a co-ordinator for patient transport services, said: “Over the last two years, we have raised £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care. We have been overwhelmed by the response.”

The match is played in memory of Peter West, who died from lymphoma four years ago. He spent much of his later life raising money for the cancer charity through raffles and auctions.

The fundraising has been continued by Peter’s son, John, who also lost his mother to cancer when he was only 19. Adam, 35, is the best friend of John, whose wife, Rebecca West also works for the EMAS as a patient care assistant and is helping Adam set up the game.

“After the success of last year’s match, we want to raise another huge sum of money to help even more people across the country who have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Adam.

“In patient transport services, we pick up a lot of patients having chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and it really opens your eyes to what they are going through each day.

“Almost everyone knows someone who has had cancer, so please help us to support more people battling with the disease.”

As well as going along to the match, you can support the fundraising by donating a prize for the charity auction, buying a raffle ticket or going to the cause’s JustGiving page online.

THE charity match will be between a Butlin’s Allstars team, made up of friends from the Butlin’s holiday camp where Adam and John worked as teenagers, and a Rest Of The World side, comprising Adam’s friends from Yorkshire, where he grew up.

Adam’s brother, Rik, and friend Richard Keeling are also helping him and Rebecca to organise the event, which will include a penalty shootout competition for children at half-time.

The action will be as serious as possible, complete with an official referee and linesmen and managers for the two sides. The players have contributed to the fuindraising by buying their own kits for the match.