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Football match for Barbara

Veteran team is playing a charity football match in Chatteris to raise money for Cancer Research UK. ANL-140425-093653001

Veteran team is playing a charity football match in Chatteris to raise money for Cancer Research UK. ANL-140425-093653001

A group of veteran footballers are donning a pink kit to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The charity match, taking place at the Sportsman in Chatteris on May 18, is in memory of Doddington woman Barbara Fry, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer just one week before Christmas.

Her son, John Fry, is organising the game with his wife Fiona, who had wanted to do some fundraising after her own father, Brian Dixon, was diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago. He has now been ten years in remission.

Barbara was only diagnosed with the aggressive cancer in September and John told her about the fundraiser in November.

“When I told Mum I was going to start playing football again, she went and got the Deep Heat for me and said ‘You’re not getting any younger.’”

John’s dad, who is also called John, is fully behind the football match. He raised over £500 for the Macmillan nurses recently in Barbara’s memory, by holding a murder mystery evening in the village.

The football match has already raised over £1,000, with players donating during training. They are hoping the game and other family events on May 18 will add even more to the total.

The match is between the veteran team and Kev’s 11s.

The game starts at 11am and there will also be a barbecue and live music afterwards. There will be a bouncy castle for the children, stalls and a raffle. An auction on the Saturday night will kick off the fundraising.

 

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