Emmerdale stars and ex-footballers to play charity match

A star-studded match featuring TV actors and a Premier League referee will kick off this weekend in memory of a football superfan.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 4:35 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 1:09 pm
James Hooton, who plays Emmerdale's Sam Dingle.

Leeds United-mad Michael Kew, from Kettlethorpe, died aged just 40 after losing a battle with cancer in April.

And his best pal, Darren Powell, has organised a special football match at Barnsley’s Oakwell stadium on Sunday to raise money for a charity that supported his friend.

Stars to feature in the game include Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Livesy on Emmerdale, and his Soap co-star James Hooton, who portrays Sam Dingle.

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There will also be appearances from former Huddersfield Town footballer Andy Holdsworth, ex Millwall star Gary Schofield and X Factor contestant Ellis Lacy.

Mr Powell, from Hall Green, Wakefield, travelled the country with his friend to watch the Whites play until Mr Kew was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year.

The charity football match is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It will take place on Sunday, June 12, and Premier League Referee Jon Moss, from Leeds, will be taking charge of the game.

Stacey Rhodes, Macmillan fundraising manager, said: “We are so grateful to Darren for choosing to support Macmillan by organising this event.

“As Darren knows too well, cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed.”

The event next month will also include a raffle and face painting.

Tickets cost £5, or £2 for children.

To book contact 07548 475116.