A CHARITY football match in memory of a keen footballer who died from stomach cancer has raised nearly £500 for Cancer Research.
A Saltney XI and a Mount XI faced each other in memory of father-of-two Kevin Jenson who died aged 43 at the Countess of Chester Hospital in October last year after a year-long battle with the disease.
The Everton and Chester FC fan from Vicars Cross, Chester was a well known figure in the Chester and District Sunday League, having played for numerous clubs and captained his final club, the Corner Pin in Saltney, to treble success in his final season.
He was a devoted father to his children, Eloise, eight, and Thomas, six, and a loving husband to Anne-Marie, whom he married in 2002.
Lee Highfield, who organised the match, said Kevin had asked him get a match on for charity.
He said: “Kevin was always into football and was involved in both teams. I spoke to him before he died and he asked us to do a charity match for Cancer Research. It was a great day.
“There was about 400 down to watch and we all went for a drink in the Nomads cricket club after.
“In the end we raised £450 for Cancer Research at the match by a bucket collection on the side and the players’ subs.
“There was also a recent charity gig recently raised £2,030.”
The match was won by Mount XI 4-2 and the victors were presented with a special trophy. Lee, who was also named man-of-match, added: “We had a special trophy made for him so that is up in the Mount in pride of place.
“Afterwards we presented Kevin’s mum with a signed shirt and signed football.“