A FAMILY fun day held in memory of a footballer who died at 28 has raised more than £10k for cancer charities.

The Jonathan (Jonnie) Ratcliffe Memorial Family Funday held in Gresford on June 23 marked the 10th anniversary of Jonnie's death with more than £100k being raised since his death in 2008, with the main beneficiary being Beating Bowel Cancer.

Rob Ratcliffe, Jonnie's Dad said the mood on the day was one of celebration and the fine sunny day had helped to bring out hundreds of people.

He said: "We all still laugh today at his witty comments and reflect on what was a short but happy life.

"Amidst our ongoing grief and sadness we are so fortunate to have the love and support of so many family members and friends.

"Every kind word helps at the difficult moments."

The day started with a Junior football tournament for under 7s, 8s and 9s, with 35 teams taking part. The eventual winners were Under 7s Penycae, Under 8s Gresford Athletic Juniors, and Under 9s Conwy Jackdaws.

The family released 28 coloured balloons into the cloudless sky which brought a focus to why the event was taking place and throughout the day there was something for everyone, including a dog show, magicians, bouncy castle, face painting, gymnastics and dance demonstrations.

The afternoon and evening saw entertainment from The Wrexham Tenovus Cancer Care Choir, duos Josh Page and Adam Taylor, and Luke Gallagher and Ryan Kavanagh, The Little Big band were a huge hit with their ‘swing’ music and local band ‘Skariad’ finished the day off in their unique style.

Jonnie’s Mum, Gill said the family were totally overwhelmed by Jonnie’s friends and the commitment they had shown in organising the event and thanked the people of Gresford for their support.

She said: "Planning began over 12 months ago and they have worked so hard to make it such a success.

"Most of them have been friends of Jonnie since playgroup and school days and they have never forgotten him.

"Jonnie knew many people and so many of them helped on the day or came to support the Fun Day."