Charity football match in tribute to Sheffield woman killed in Manchester terror attack

Kelly Brewster reportedly died trying to shield her niece from the force of the explosion (Brewster family / SWNS.com)
Kelly Brewster reportedly died trying to shield her niece from the force of the explosion (Brewster family / SWNS.com)
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A charity football match is being held in tribute to Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster, who was killed in the Manchester terror attack.

Teammates of Kelly's partner Ian Winslow, who is a keen Sunday footballer, have banded together to show their support in the wake of the tragedy.

Kelly and Ian had just put down a deposit on a house together

Kelly and Ian had just put down a deposit on a house together

Old Foxwood FC, for whom Ian has played for more than a decade, will take on Kevin Sheedy All Stars in the tribute match in Heeley on Sunday, June 25.

Ian will captain Old Foxwood and proceeds will go towards a memorial for Kelly and to British Red Cross, which supports victims of the terrorist attacks.

But Philip Jowett, who is organising the event, said showing friends were there for Ian, his young daughter Phoebe and Kelly's family was just as important as raising money.

"There are 17 or 18 of us who've been playing football together for more than a decade and we've been on tours to countries including Spain, Portugal and France," said Philip.

"We all wanted to do something to pay our respects. Sometimes the partner gets forgotten and we wanted to do something for Ian too, to show we all love him and everybody really, really is thinking about him and Phoebe.

"Ian's one of the nicest, loveliest blokes you could ever wish to meet. He never lets you down in football or in life."

Philip said he had only met Kelly a few times but she had been out with the team and their partners, who had been celebrating one of the players' birthdays, the night before she died.

The charity match will take place at the Sheffield Works Department ground on Heeley Bank Road, Heeley, on Sunday, June 25, at 11am.

It will be free to watch but players have agreed to donate £20 a head and a raffle will be held on the day, with prizes including Sheffield Wednesday tickets and a signed Chelsea shirt donated by Gary Cahill.

As well as the match, Philip said he is trying to organise other activities on the day for everyone to enjoy.

"We would like anyone who knows Ian or knew Kelly to turn up, watch the game, have a good day and show their support," he added.

Kelly, aged 32 and from Arbourthorne, was with her sister and niece, both of whom were seriously injured, when she was killed in the explosion at Manchester Arena on May 22.

She reportedly shielded her niece to protect her from the blast.

Ian, a mortgage broker from Waverley, had just put down a deposit on a house with Kelly and they had started trying for a baby.

The 36-year-old, who has a seven-year-old daughter, Phoebe, from a previous relationship, has described Kelly as a 'beautiful, kind person' with a passion for music and travelling.

He also told how he and Kelly's family have been 'overwhelmed' by the messages of support since her death.

* Anyone wishing to donate raffle prizes or who thinks they could help in any other way, can contact Philip via his Facebook page.