A 'battle of the sexes' football clash will be held in Accrington this weekend to raise money for charity.
Although it’s a fundraising game for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, there’ll be no charity shown when St Joseph’s Ladies line up against their husbands, sons and brothers turning out for a St Joseph’s men’s team.
The match, which will kick-off at 2pm this Sunday at Accrington’s King George’s Playing Fields, has been organised by ladies’ team defender, former Macmillan nurse and mum to four boys Pam Kerans, who now works as a health visitor.
She will be pitting her skills not only against her 17-year-old son Jack, who plays futsal ball for Accrington Stanley, but also her husband Leighton.
He just happens to be the ladies’ team coach – a job that earned him the Hyndburn Community Coach of the Year Award.
Pam is in a bullish mood ahead of the big game.
She said: “I’m confident the ladies will win! As a team, we only formed just over a year ago. We played friendlies at first but this season, we’re in the Lancs County Division Two of the ladies’ league and really enjoying it.
”The team supports Rosemere, because of Pam’s nursing background plus the fact that striker Keara Booth works at the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston as a radiotherapist and other team members have been personally affected by cancer.
As a team, the ladies have already raised £265 for the charity through a raffle and match day collection at Accrington Stanley.
On Sunday, they will be hosting another raffle and passing a collecting bucket around spectators so are hopeful of a good crowd.Pam added: “St Joseph’s is best known for its junior football but we ladies are planning to change all that, starting from this Sunday!”