Footballing team effort in memory of dad who died after cancer fight
AFUNDRAISING football tournament is being held this weekend in memory of Skelmersdale man Garry Haynes.
Garry recently lost his threeyear fight with leukaemia at the age of 34.
The event, which has been set up by the Join Georgia Fighting Against Cystic Fibrosis charity, is being held on the Warrenhouse playing fields in Kirkby on (Saturday) July 1.
A football tournament, involving a total of seven, will be played by eight teams of 11 men from Liverpool and West Lancashire.
The teams are all travelling to Kirkby for the event, some of which are from Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, South Liverpool and Bootle.
The matches will each be one-hour long and will begin at 11am and finish at approximately 3pm.
Tony Goodwin, 34, event organiser of Join Georgia Fighting Against Cystic Fibrosis, said: “In the last few weeks, Garry sadly passed away after a three-year battle with leukaemia, but his legacy is still growing.
“In respect for him and his family, the team from Skelmersdale will be wearing a picture of him on their shirts.”
The winners trophy is also being awarded in memory of Garry.
The community-inspired event will also offer free face painting and meet and greets with Trolls, and Superman mascots for children, which will began at noon.
Food and drink will be available from a food and ice cream van.
There is no obligation to donate money, but buckets will be located around the event.
Money raised from the event will be donated to Garry’s children, Leyton, three, and Amelia, one.
Tony added: “All money raised by Skelmersdale will be given to Garry’s family. He will be at the heart of the tournament this weekend.
“Garry Haynes will be loved, missed, but always remembered.”