Football teams from across Sheffield have joined together to raise money for a local cancer charity after a young Beighton Magpies player tragically lost his mum to the illness earlier this year.
The Beighton Magpies U8s Team decided to hold collections at the club in memory of the young players` mum to raise money to support a local cancer charity in her memory.
The Sheffield Junior Football Community on hearing of the young players` loss decided to come together in an overwhelming action of goodwill to provide support and in turn have also raised a considerable amount of money which will be donated to the Weston Park Hospital, where the players` mum received treatment during her illness.
This tragic loss comes just two years after the father of the same Beighton Magpies player also sadly passed away. This story has touched the hearts of many people involved with junior football in the area and has led to teams associated with Beighton Magpies joining in to raise money after matches including Throstles and Sheffield Rangers U8’s who held collections after their game on 27th March 2011. The proceeds of which will be donated to both the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and the Simon Orphanage in Zambia.
The touching community spirit shown by the various junior teams across Sheffield is a powerful reminder of how local football can help members of its community in times of need and support.
The Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity helps hundreds of people not only around the region but across the UK and provides patients and their families with unprecedented support helping them to cope with the affects of losing loved ones to the illness.
The charity exists to support the work of Weston Park Hospital which is 1 of only 3 dedicated cancer hospitals in the country. Patients come from all over the country and sometimes from abroad for the specialist treatments for which the hospital is internationally recognised. The Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital provides a specialised unit for patients aged 16 to 25 which is supported in part by the Cancer Charity.