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Charity Football match success for Love4Leah

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • 17-05-2014. Harrison Park, Leek. Brief: A CHARITY football match will take place this weekend in memory of a teenager who lost her battle with cancer. Elmo's Celtic and Leek Town football clubs will be paying against each other for the fund-raiser on Saturday (May 17) which will take pace at Harrison Park in Macclesfield Road, Leek. Leah Powell, of Nab Hill Avenue in Leek, sadly passed away last July after losing her battle with the rare childhood cancer of Rhabdomyosarcoma. Now her mum, Jane, keeps Leah's memory alive by raising funds through the charity Love4Leah which aims to provide a holiday home for ill children and their families to stay at. , Drew Bennett walks out with Marek Ullmann-Powell, Jane Powell's son

  • Jane Powell is pictured with her son Marek Ullmann-Powell who was the mascot on the day.

  • Jane Powell is pictured with her son Marek Ullmann-Powell, who was the mascot on the day. Inset, Drew Bennett walks out with Marek.

  • Jane Powell.

  • Love4Leah.

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More than £2,000 was raised for a local charity after two football teams played a friendly game.

The Love4Leah Charity Football Match took place at Harrison Park in Leek on Saturday, May 17, and saw Elmo's Celtic Football Club beat Leek Town Football Club 4-3.

The friendly match took place in memory of 13-year-old Leah Powell who passed away last July after losing her battle with the rare childhood cancer of Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Her mum Jane continues to keep Leah's memory alive by raising funds through the charity Love4Leah, which aims to provide a holiday home for ill children and their families.

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Saturday's event saw hundreds of supporters turning out to watch the game between the two Leek teams.

Leah's brother, two-year-old Marek, was the mascot for the game. Jane said: "Marek loved being the mascot. It didn't phase him at all. There was a really good atmosphere. The weather was so nice as well which made everyone's morale good."

Match goers were able to enjoy a hog roast during the game. Jane said: "We raised £2,300 from the event, which is amazing.

"Thanks go to both of the teams for playing such a good game and keeping the crowd entertained.

"Thanks to everyone who supported the day and a massive thanks goes to Tom Bourne, from Elmo's Football Club, who came up with the idea for the event, helped organise it, and rallied round getting people to buy tickets."

Jane added: "I think Leah would have loved it. She wasn't a massive football fan but did enjoy watching the game when something special came up like the World Cup.

"I think Leah would have been very proud of her brother being the mascot for the game." The next large-scale event for Love4Leah is a joint fund-raiser with Leek-based charity of Jo's Dreams.

'Live Life Let's Party' will be staged on Saturday, June 28, at the Macclesfield Road site of Leek Hockey Club.

There will be a Family Fun Day between 10am and 4pm; followed by a Live Band and Auction Night from7pm until midnight.

The event will have a whole host of activities for all the family to enjoy including face-painting, a bouncy castle, gunge tank, penalty shoot-out, rodeo, henna and glitter tattoo's, teddy tombola, and a raffle.

Love4Leah and Jo's Dreams are on the lookout for nominations for the 'Gunge Tank'.

They already have a football referee, a traffic warden and a fitness instructor lined up.

To find out more and to nominate someone, find the event 'Live Life Let's Party' on the social networking site of Facebook.

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