A CHARITY football match is to be held in honour of a mother-of-two who died of cancer aged 42.
Devoted charity worker Siobhan Cooper, of George Street, Rishton, was a pool attendant at Blackburn Rovers Academy at Brockhall, where she helped look after many up-and-coming young footballers including David Dunn and Steven Reid.
Siobhan, who had lost eight family members to cancer, died early last month in the East Lancashire Hospice from secondary liver cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995.
Despite being ill she continued to raise thousands of pounds for the Christie Hospital in Manch-ester with help from her many friends at the Rishton Arms.
Now her family and friends are going to pay their biggest tribute yet to Siobhan using her first real love, football.
Rishton Football Club will take on Rishton FC Veterans on 31 May at Griffin Park, Mill Hill, Blackburn, from 2.30pm, with entry costing £3.
All the proceeds will go to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation to help buy a radiotherapy scanner.
This charity was very close to Siobhan’s heart because it is where she received most of her treatment.
During the day there will be a penalty shoot-out for the children, food, a raffle for which White-head’s has donated a hamper and the bar will be open.
Siobhan’s funeral took place at St Mary's RC Church in Langho, when hundreds of mourners, including Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes, and players David Dunn, Andre Ooijer and Matt Derbyshire, turned up to pay their respects.
Siobhan left a 12-year-old son Morgan John and a 20-year-old daughter Lauren Ann.
For more information about the event contact Joey on 886497.