THE legacy of a football-mad schoolgirl who lost her battle with brain cancer will live on in a special match.
Erin Bates’s year-long fight against a brain tumour was an inspiration to those around her.
The 12-year-old, from Washington, had organised Erin’s Marathon Match last summer to raise money for other children going through the same ordeal.
The event proved so successful, raising £5,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), that it will now take place every year to raise funds for TCT and the Children’s Cancer Fund at the RVI hospital in Newcastle.
Tina Reed, football development officer at the club, said: “Erin has inspired a lot of people who are wanting to raise money in her name. We have lots of local clubs attending, a great example of the grassroots football community coming together.” The Oxclose Community Academy pupil finished an eight-month course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in March after being struck down with the tumour last June.
She returned to her normal life, but in June this year she began to experience headaches and nausea and, following a scan, doctors had to break the devastating news the tumour had returned. She died at home in Ayton in July.
•Erin’s Marathon Match will take place at Washington AFC’s ground, Northern Area Playing Fields, Stephenson Road, Wasghington, on Saturday, August 30. It will feature children’s matches, from Under 7s and above, from 10am and adult matches from 1pm.
Anyone is invited to come along and play. There will also be games, raffles and a barbecue.