Star-studded match returns in memory of Leeds-mad fan

IN MEMORY: The charity match is being organised to remember Michael Kew, who died last year.
IN MEMORY: The charity match is being organised to remember Michael Kew, who died last year.

A star-studded football match for charity is set to kick off for a second time in memory of a Leeds United superfan.

Michael Kew, from Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, died aged just 40 after losing a battle with cancer in April last year.

His best friend, Darren Powell, organised an emotional football match – featuring TV stars- at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium just two months later for charity.

And after raising £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, Mr Powell today announced a second figure is in the pipeline for June.

Celebrities who played in the game last year included Emmerdale’s James Hooton, who plays Sam Dingle, and his soap 
co-star Anthony Quinlan, who plays Pete Barton on the ITV show.

Mr Powell, from Hall Green, Wakefield, said: “The Michael Kew Memorial Match number two is now happening next June back at Barnsley’s football ground.

“There will be a team full of TV stars from Emmerdale, Coronation Street and X Factor singers and also ex-professional footballers.

“Last year we raised £3,000 but this year I’m aiming to raise £5,000 and over if possible.”

The charity match is planned for June 11 at Oakwell in Barnsley.

Mr Powell said that along with his friend Mr Kew, the pair followed Leeds United and attended a number of games together across the country.

At last year’s memorial game, there were also appearances from former Huddersfield Town footballer Andy Holdsworth and X Factor contestant Ellis Lacy. Premier League Referee Jon Moss took charge of the match.

For the latest game, there will also be family fun and entertainment on offer for young children.

All money raised during the event will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support, which help people after a cancer diagnoses with advice, support and planning.

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Macmillan Cancer Support offers advice and support for people after someone has been diagnosed with cancer.

The organisation is run as a charity and relies on donations to continue operating.

It offers vital support from the diagnosis and during cancer treatment to help people suffering with the disease.