JUST hours after completing radiotherapy treatment, keen footballer Erin Bates was back on the pitch.
The 11-year-old from Washington is in the midst of a battle against an inoperable brain tumour, a fight which inspired a Marathon Match in her honour.
The day raised more than £5,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust – and Erin was determined to play her part.
After completing the radiotherapy section of her treatment at Newcastle’s RVI Hospital, she headed over to Durham FA’s ground in Chester-le-Street to join her team-mates from Washington AFC under-12s.
Dad Simon, 35, said the family have been overwhelmed by how much the seven-hour tournament, which initially had a target of £750, had raised.
“Erin thoroughly enjoyed herself,” said the dad-of-three.
“It was a very tiring day for her, but she really wanted to play with her team. She met players from the SAFC ladies team, which really made her day, and she was over the moon with how much was raised for the charity.”
Erin, from Ayton, who is due to start Oxclose Community Academy this week, will now embark on up to eight months of chemotherapy to attack the tumour which is so deeply embedded in her brain that it can’t be removed via an operation.
Erin was diagnosed with the tumour in June and began treatment immediately. Her family were so impressed by the work of The Teenage Cancer Trust that they decided to help fund its efforts.
As well as the Marathon Match, a blind auction featured items signed by SAFC’s Adam Johnson and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo which helped to raise thousands for the cause.