Football match in memory of Poppy Scaife - a little girl who touched hearts

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A charity football match is being held to raise money in memory of a little girl who ‘wanted to make everyone smile.’

Little Poppy Adelle Scaife died of neuroblastoma - one of the most common childhood cancers - last month, aged just 22 months.

Family and friends have rallied round to organise a football match to raise money for Poppy’s Cause - a donations page set up to raise money for five charities which helped Poppy’s parents, Matthew Scaife and Mandy Wightman, during the tot’s illness.

Mandy, 34, of Heeley Road, Kettlethorpe, said: “Nothing is worse than this.

“Poppy was our world, she was the happiest little girl you could meet despite what she was going through, she wanted to make everyone smile.”

Poppy was diagnosed with the condition when she was just eight-months-old.

She had six different forms of chemotherapy but the tumours in her chest and abdomen continued to grow and she died on August 30.

Donations of more than £1,100 were made at her funeral bringing the total raised so far to £3,000.

Mandy added: “It’s nice to know people care and they want to support us.

“The fundraising has given us something to focus on and we wouldn’t have got through without the charities that helped us.”

Poppy’s cousin Shane Lions and family friend Darren Powell have organised the football match on October 5 at Hall Green United, when Poppy’s 11 - made up of friends and relatives - will take on Hall Green United Allstars.

Mark Haywood, a Premier League referee, will officiate.

Mr Powell said: “It’s a cause that has completely touched my heart.

“Poppy was a lovely little girl and I just want to bring a little bit of happiness back into Matthew and Mandy’s lives.”

X Factor hopeful Jake Quickenden is expected to make an appearance at the game and has pledged to donate signed items for the cause.

The match kicks off at 2pm. To donate to Poppy’s Cause visit www.gofundme.com/d0gstk

Poppy’s parents have chosen five charities to benefit from the money raised.

They are:

The Amelia-Mae Foundation

The Sick Children’s Trust

CandleLighters

Kids Wakefield

Martin House Hospice