Football fun in memory of tragic cancer victim

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A young Sheffield footballer who died of bowel cancer aged just 34 was remembered at an annual charity match.

Brett Clark played for several grassroots leagues throughout the region and the memorial game was held at Davy’s Sporting Club in Darnall in aid of Weston Park Hospital, where he was treated.

Couple Lee and Vicky Simpson, who live in Darnall, were close pals of Brett, and have organised the event with friends every year since his death in 2008.

The six-a-side tournaments have now raised £8,500 in total for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

“When Brett passed away it was such a huge shock to those around him and he is greatly missed by all,” said Lee.

“We wanted to put something in place that would help us remember Brett and at the same time raise money for the hospital which made his final days as comfortable as possible.”

As well as the football games, raffles, stalls and bouncy castles helped to boost this year’s donation of £1,300.

Helen Gentle, charity fundraiser, said: “We’re so grateful to Lee and Vicky for continuing to hold this charity football day in Brett’s memory. To create something positive from something so distressing is a real achievement and the money raised will certainly make a huge difference.”