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Celebrity charity football match in memory of Liam Ogunshakin ‘absolutely unbelievable’
Duncombe Park captain Will Smith, left, with Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher before the charity game in memory of Liam Ogunshakin
ORGANISERS of a charity football match have declared the event ‘absolutely unbelievable’.
The players and supporters of Duncombe Park FC organised the celebrity match on Sunday to raise funds in memory of one of their friends.
Liam Ogunshakin was just 28 when he passed away earlier this year after suffering from cancer.
His friends, who played alongside Liam for Duncombe Park FC, decided to host the fundraiser to support Cancer Research UK.
They organised the match against ‘The Celebrities’ captained by Kelvin Fletcher, otherwise known as Andy Sugden from Emmerdale, along with other soap and pop stars.
Those playing on Sunday included Tom Milner, Will Rush and Jack McMullan from Waterloo Road, Dan Jillings from Coronation Street and Emmerdale, along with professional footballer Neil Wainwright, who played for Darlington, Wrexham and Sunderland.
A minute’s applause in memory of Liam was held before the kick-off.
Matty Petch, from Helmsley, one of the organisers, said it had been an overwhelming day.
He said: “The turnout from people was amazing. It was an absolutely unbelievable day and went over and above what we had expected. We had a really good game of football, everything was just spot on.”
Shortly before last Christmas Liam had gone to his doctor after suffering pain in his kidneys and passing blood in his urine.
He had been due to go out to Germany, where his girlfriend was from, but was taken ill and a scan confirmed cancer had spread throughout his body.
Although initially responding to treatment, Liam lost his battle with the disease in April.
Matty said they were still collecting the donations from the fundraising match before announcing a final total.
“It was a very emotional day but also one of the best days I’ve experienced,” he said.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to all the businesses who donated prizes and their own time to help with the day – we can’t thank them enough.
“Everyone really pulled together and it was such a rewarding day.”
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