Jack Simpson to remembered at Newton Hill cricket game

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A young cricketer who married his sweetheart just months before losing his battle with cancer will be remembered at a fundraising match.

Jack Simpson and Laura Berry, of Leeds Road, Newton Hill, knew that when they married on January 5 that their life together would be short.

Jack suffered from rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma and was aged just 20 when he died at Wakefield Hospice on April 10.

He had been involved for a number of years as a junior player with Newton Hill Cricket Club.

And on Saturday, September 20, the club will host a fundraising match in his memory.

His widow Laura Berry-Simpson, 22, said: “Jack was an inspiration.

“He took everything in his stride and at no point did he ever complain.

“He didn’t want any sympathy and just wanted to get on with it and make the best of every situation he could.”

Jack was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2010 and underwent an operation to have the femur in his left leg removed and replaced with a titanium rod.

He had chemotherapy and was in remission for more than a year but in December 2012 he was diagnosed with a number of secondary tumours.

Jack underwent ten months of chemotherapy and four lots of radiotherapy, but died in April.

The fundraising cricket match will be held at Newton Hill Cricket Club on Leeds Road, Newton Hill.

Players will be charged £5 to play in the match and the event will include a barbecue, a raffle and a small auction.

Proceeds will be split between Wakefield Hospice, childhood cancer charity Candlelighters and the club.

Lee Birmingham, coach at Newton Hill Cricket Club, said: “His family have been heavily involved in the organisation and we will do everything we can to make it as successful as possible. The whole of the club are proud and honoured to be hosting the game.”

To donate prizes contact newtonhillcricketclub@gmail.com