Charity football match in memory of late Sheffield foster mum

Maureen Eckheart from Sheffield, who is to be remembered at a charity football match this weekend.
Maureen Eckheart from Sheffield, who is to be remembered at a charity football match this weekend.
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A charity football match will take place in memory of a foster mother from Sheffield who died from cancer.

Maureen Eckhardt, from Woodhouse, died on Thursday, May 15, at the age of 61 following a battle with cancer.

Her nephew Dale Beck is planning to honour her memory by raising hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research with a charity football match he has arranged.

About 30 people have signed to take part in the game, which will be held on Saturday, June 14, at Mather Road, Littledale, from 2pm.

Players are being asked to donate between £5 and £10, while people who watch the game will also be asked for donations.

Dale, aged 20, from Handsworth, said Maureen had been a special woman who had been a full-time foster carer.

He said she had been a foster mother to at least 20 children and he wanted to remember her through the charity game.

He said: “She was like a mum to me as well. I’m just wanting to give her something back.

“My main aim is to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

“Maureen meant a lot to me and I don’t want other people to be in the same situation where they have lost someone close to them.”

He said anyone is welcome to come and watch the game on Saturday. People can also donate to the cause by visiting his just giving website