Football tournament in memory of tragic student Chris

Teammates of Chris Curwen hold tournament in his honour 2015

Teammates of Chris Curwen hold tournament in his honour 2015

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Former teammates of a tragic young student are set to hold another fundraising football tournament in his memory.

Chris Curwen passed away following a battle with lymphoma in 2010. He was just 23.

Chris Curwen with his mum Karen Bradley

Chris Curwen with his mum Karen Bradley

Hailing from Preesall, Chris studied sports at the University of Central Lancashire and played for the university’s football club and Wyre Villa.

Not long after his death, Chris’s uni teammates launched the Chris Curwell Memorial Cup. The fixture sees the current UCLan side take on a XI made up of university’s old boys.

Last year they raised the bar and organised a competition involving three ‘Old Boys’ sides - including one from Wyre Villa - and three current UCLan sides, held at Myerscough College’s Bilsborrow campus.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday May 14 and they are hoping to smash last year’s figure of £1,100.

Yusuf Kaffo, who organises the annual competition, said: “The day was about coming together and remembering someone who was really close to all of us and has a positive impact and touched us in some way.

“We held the first event in 2013 raising just over £300, the following year we raised £517 and last year we raised over £1,100.

“All takings from the tournament are donated to a charity chosen by Christopher’s mum which has been ‘The Christie NHS Foundation Trust’.

“As graduates from both Myerscough College and UCLan collectively, we have taken it upon ourselves each year to organise an event which will not only help raise awareness of the condition, but to also raise money to help others and to also bring graduates and current students together.”

Cash donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/chriscurwenmemorial page which is set up for donations.

All donations via just the webpage goes directly to the charity. Yusuf added: “Your contributions and or donations will be highly appreciated and help in raising the awareness of lymphoma and help keep the event running for decades to come.”