Cancer patient organises 24-hour football match for Sheffield hospital

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A cancer patient who has undergone two brain operations and 30 sessions of radiotherapy has organised a 24-hour football match to raise money for the Sheffield hospital treating him.

Craig Nettleship has planned the charity game in aid of Weston Park Hospital, Broomhill.

The 29-year-old, who is originally from Rotherham but now lives in Royston, Barnsley, was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2014.

An MRI scan for suspected tinnitus showed a 5cm malignant neoplasm of the brain.

Craig has been cared for by Weston Park Hospital ever since and said that help is always available to him when needed.

“Due to the aggressive approach my tumour has taken, I’ve gone through 30 sessions of radiotherapy, and after a successful second operation on my brain I decided to do something fun, challenging and sport related for charity,” he said.

“At the moment, there are more than 20 players due to take part in the five-a-side game, but anyone is welcome to turn up to play or spectate.

“It would be overwhelming if there was a great turn out, especially during the day on Saturday when we’ll be nearing the 24 hour mark.

“I was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 28. I now have to live with this active tumour as all of it cannot be removed. I have been through radiotherapy treatment and may also need a course of chemotherapy.

“I want to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity because they have cared for me and continue to do so throughout my condition.”

Craig hopes the game will raise around £1,500 for the charity, which aims to raise £2 million a year to fund cancer research, treatment and care.

So far players involved in the marathon football game have raised £500.

It is to be held at Concord Sports Centre, in Shiregreen, Sheffield, from 5pm on Friday, June 26 to 5pm the following day.

Weston Park Hospital is one of four dedicated cancer hospitals in England.

To sponsor Craig or to find out more about his condition visit www.justgiving.com/Craig-Nettleship