Match tribute to tragic Leah

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A memorial football match has taken place to pay tribute to a Brierley teenager who died from a brain tumour.

Leah Pearson, 18, of Park Avenue, was diagnosed with the grade four inoperable tumour in March and sadly died in June.

Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare Football Club, where Leah used to play, organised the match at their Wakefield Road ground in Fitzwilliam on Saturday, July 6.

The event raised £874, which was donated to the Brain Tumour Charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust of Weston Park Hospital at the request of Leah’s family.

Sid Akeroyd, Leah’s former coach, presented her family with a signed match ball and a memory book of pictures taken over the years that Leah had been involved with the club.

The match was one of several events organised to raise money for charity.

Members of Leah’s family, and players and supporters from the miners’ welfare club took part in a 15-mile sponsored walk from Barnsley FC’s football ground to Xscape in Castleford.

The community also rallied round to raise money for Leah before she died.

Julie Humphreys and Jane Martin, both of Brooklands Crescent, Havercroft, abseiled 40ft down the Cow and Calf rock formation in Ilkley on Sunday, June 16.

Dale Heppinstall, 25, of Hazlewood Crescent in Kinsley, raised more than £1,300 when he organised a football match and fun-day between Tesco staff and managers at Kinsley Boys’ Stadium in April.