Annual memorial match raises thousands for our hospice charity

Pictured presenting the cheque for £2,800 to St John’s Hospice Fundraising Manager Tracey Gaughan (right) are (from left to right) Brett Hughes, Chris Hargrave, Kris Noble and Shaun Woodward.”

An annual football match in memory of a Conisbrough man has raised £2,800 for our hospice charity.

The Lee Pearsall Memorial Match, which was held on Boxing Day at Old Road Recreation Ground in Conisbrough by Lee’s friends, is the ninth annual event in his memory after he tragically passed away on Christmas Day in 2014, aged just 30.

Brett Hughes, who helps organise the event every year said: “Over the years we’ve raised over £30,000 for local good causes. We chose St John’s Hospice this year to say thank you for the amazing care they provided for my dad Shaun and our whole family while he was there.”

Match sponsor Mark Garner (left) is pictured with player Steven Haines.

Following the match, everyone gathered at The Alma in Conisbrough, where Lee and many of the players have been part of the pub’s football team over the years, to celebrate his life and draw the annual fundraising raffle, with prizes donated by friends, family and local businesses.”

Fellow organiser Chris Hargrave added: “This is a real team effort and I’d like to say thank you to everyone for their help and support, and to The Alma for giving us such a warm welcome over the years.”

St John’s Hospice Fundraiser Tracey Gaughan said: “This is a significant sum of money, which will make a huge difference, thank you to everyone involved for their support!

“We rely on the fundraising activities of local people to ensure we raise enough money to provide the services and support, which really do make a difference to patients and families in our care.”