Friends of Ella Rigg stage football gala

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A football gala to raise money for a Yorkshire children’s cancer charity will take place this weekend.

The funday, which is being hosted by Ossett Town Football Club, has been organised by friends of eight year-old Ella Rigg, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. Money raised from the event will go to the Candlelighters charity.

An under nines football tournament will be one of the day’s highlights, with Dewsbury Rangers playing in a specially designed ‘Candlelighters’ pink kit. The event will kick off at 10.30am on Sunday at the club’s Ingfield Stadium in Ossett.

Ella, a Hendal Primary School pupil, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before Christmas last year.

She had been complaining of stomach pains since September 2013 and tests revealed the rare form of cancer just after her seventh birthday.

The youngster has since undergone several rounds of chemotherapy.

She is now raising funds for Candlelighters, which partly funds the ward she was treated on at Leeds General Infirmary. She said the charity had helped make her time in hospital much easier and wanted to thanks staff.

Her family and friends have already held Ella’s big bake-Off, a cabaret evening and a headshave event.

Alex Thompson, who is helping to organise the event, said: “Candlelighters has done so much for Ella and her family, and it does a lot for so many other people so we decided it would be good to raise money and give something back.”

Following the matches Mel Jones will have her head shaved for the cause in the club’s bar.

Raffle tickets will be available throughout the day with a variety of sporting prizes on offer and there will be a disco and auction, with tickets to see England at Wembley up for grabs.

To donate to Candlelighters please visit www.justgiving.com /mel - jones2