A CHARITY football match held in memory of a young mum from Crosby who has raised nearly £5,000.
The Kirsten Cup Charity Match, held at Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium, was played to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust after Kirsten Hawksey died aged 23, of leukaemia in 2017.
Her friends and family took part in the match and followed it up with a night of entertainment at The Railway Club, in Aintree, where they held a raffle and disco.
In total, £4,719 was raised and it will now be donated to the charity in memory of former Chesterfield High School pupil Kirsten.
The Champion reported in 2017 how she passed away on Christmas Day two years ago, leving behind her daughter Penelope, who is now two-years-old.
Kirsten's mum, Emma, said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust helped Kirsten and our family immensely during her short illness and continue to support us 18 months on so it is lovely to be able to do something in return.”
Kirsten’s friend Adam Heath came up with the idea of a charity football match and Penelope led out the two teams with her dad Paul Turner, who captained his side.
Both teams walked onto the pitch wearing t-shirts with Kirsten's picture and a personal message on the back supplied by the sponsor of the game, Angel Revive.
The two teams then stood for a minute of applause in Kirsten's memory before the match kicked off, with the final score 6-3.
Emma added: “After the match, hundreds of people attended the night time event and an astonishing amount of money was raised via raffle tickets, football scarves and spot the balls.
“Adam went all out with the prizes which included family breaks, Alton Towers tickets, spa day, signed football and sports memorabilia and many more.
“The generosity of people in the community, family and friends who provided prizes is really overwhelming.
“As a family, to see the time and effort that was given to the organisation of this event and to witness the amount of people that attended and put their hands in their pockets to raise money for a charity so close to our hearts and to remember our beautiful daughter is just wonderful and very humbling.
“We are so proud of Adam, and all the boys that played in the match and everyone that helped to organise the charity event and we thank you all so much for everything you have done.
“These events not only help to raise money and awareness, they help bring our families together to create a fun, supportive network.
“Keeping Kirsten's memory and legacy alive is what we strive to do every single day, for Kirsten and for Penelope.”