Football friends raise thousands for cancer charity

The men in the under 30s and over 30s teams who played against each other in the third annual Big Stu memorial football match to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support.

The men in the under 30s and over 30s teams who played against each other in the third annual Big Stu memorial football match to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support.

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The third annual Big Stu memorial football match, which took place earlier this month, has raised over £3000.

The event has been organised every year since 2013 by the people of Arksey to raise money for Macmillian Cancer support following the death of local man Stuart McPhearson, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 22, aged 55.

Despite his illness, Stuart was a regular fundraiser for Macmillian and helped raised thousands of pounds for the charity in his lifetime.

Stuart’s daughter Amy McPhearson said: “We do this every year so MacMillan can keep on doing the amazing work they do to help support families dealing with cancer, this is our way of saying thank you”.

The rain did not stop the people of Arksey from coming together and cheering from the sidelines to show their support and to help raise donations for the event.

The organisers were overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of all those that helped make the day a success.

The match, which saw a team of under 30s men triumph over a team of over 30s men, took place on Sunday May 3 at Arksey Park.

Under-30s player Liam Ashton said: “This football match means a lot to all the players that come every year. We always have a good laugh and enjoy it as it’s for such a good cause.

“I can’t believe how much money we have helped raised over the last three years, I hope it helps families that really need it”.

Donations are still coming in, but £3547 has been raised to date.