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Playing it long for football fan

Family and friends of the late Jennifer Simpson who are planning a 24-hour continuous football match in memory of the Leeds United fan. 
pictured Alicia Simpson, Stacey McAllister, Dean Simpson, Martin Simpson, James McAllister
front Jaxon and Arley Simpson

Family and friends of the late Jennifer Simpson who are planning a 24-hour continuous football match in memory of the Leeds United fan. pictured Alicia Simpson, Stacey McAllister, Dean Simpson, Martin Simpson, James McAllister front Jaxon and Arley Simpson

A family are organising a 24-hour football event in memory of Leeds United fan.

Relatives of Jennifer Simpson are staging a day-long rolling game to raise awareness about motor neurone disease.

Mum-of-two Mrs Simpson, 49, of Beech Avenue, Stanley, died on May 12 after battling the degenerative condition.

Her family will now raise money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by organising a day-long game at Wakefield Football Academy, on Holmfield Lane, from 9.30am on August 30.

Her son Dean Simpson, 30, of Wilson Drive, Outwood, said: “I think raising awareness needs to be done. If my mum hadn’t have had it I wouldn’t have known what it was.”

Mrs Simpson, a cleaner a Coca-Cola, was a big Leeds United fan and the family think the event is a fitting tribute to her.

Mr Simpson said “It will be a challenge to keep it going for 24 hours but I reckon I will get quite a few teams to play.

“As long as that ball keeps moving on the pitch for 24 hour then that’s fine.”

The dad-of-two is going to be assisted in the challenge by his children Arley, six, and Jaxon, three, along with dad Martin Simpson and sister Alicia Simpson.

Dean’s partner Stacey McAllister and her cousin James McCallister are also helping.

Anyone wishing to enter a team should contact Dean Lufc Simpson on Facebook. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/dean-simpson3.

 

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