Match will be a fitting tribute as friends raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care

A football match will be a fitting tribute as friends gather to raise funds in memory of an avid fan of the game.

Mark Woods, known by many as ‘Woody’, had a brain tumour and passed away in the care of St Nicholas Hospice Care in January 2016 at the age of 32.

Since his death, Mark’s friends and family have been coming together each year to organise a charity football match and family fun day in his memory.

The events have raised more than £10,000 for the hospice, which supported Mark, who was from Ixworth during his illness.

With this year’s event taking place at Walsham Le Willows Football Club on Sunday, May 6, organisers are hoping as many people as possible will be able to join them on the day.

As well as the charity match which will see ATEC FC, the team Mark used to play for, take on Ixworth & Chums, there will also be plenty of other entertainments including live music, magicians, a raffle, bouncy castle, face painting, barbecue, refreshments and much more.

St Nicholas Hospice Care community fundraiser, Miranda McCoy, said:  “We are so grateful to all of the fundraisers who come together and help organise such a brilliant event in Mark’s memory. I am so pleased that they have chosen to support the hospice once more.

“As a charity, we provide our services free across West Suffolk and Thetford and we really do rely on every single penny raised by our brilliant fundraisers. The money this event raises really makes a big huge difference to us.”

Gates will open at noon with the match expected to start at 2pm anyone who wishes to can make a donation at the entrance.

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