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York City friendly against Huntington Rovers to aid Safe Hands charity
12:08pm Wednesday 11th July 2012 in Sport
YORK City supporters can catch first sight of the club’s new signings in action at Huntington Rovers on Friday night while raising money for a very worthy cause at the same time.
The York Minster Engineering League team will host the likes of Michael Coulson, Oli Johnson, John McReady, Danny Blanchett and Lee Bullock during a pre-season friendly match in memory of ex-Rovers goalkeeper Steve Myers.
Former Plowmans Electrical company director Steve passed away last August at the age of 29 just days after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, sadly leaving behind wife, Vicki, and their four-and-a-half-month old son, Toby.
Since then, Vicki has set up the Steve Myers Safe Hands charity to donate funds towards Brain Tumour Research and Support and Leeds General Infirmary’s Ward 21, where her husband was treated.
Fans at Friday’s Huntington Sports Club-staged game, which kicks off at 7pm, can help both by paying a voluntary entrance fee of £3 and there will also be a raffle and auction held with signed footballs and rugby memorabilia among the lots.
At Steve’s funeral, a total of £2,000 was raised which contributed to the purchase of a bladder scanning machine at ward 21, which has been of great benefit to bed-ridden patients.
Vicki is now hoping the match against the Minstermen can further assist the ward in terms of buying machines and medicines ‘to keep patients as happy as possible while in hospital’.
Any proceeds will be shared with Brain Tumour Reseach and Support who provide support for patients unable to afford travel costs for appointments, as well as financial assistance for chemotherapy, major life-saving operations and other medicines that can make life as pain free and comfortable as possible.
The charity also helps adapt patients’ homes to avoid long stays in hospital where possible.
Vicki added: “Steve was one of the unlucky ones as his tumour was inoperable but many people, young and old, can be saved by medicine and operations and we are mainly raising money for this reason as it is something nobody should have to deal with in their lives.
“Luckily, myself and my 15-month-old son Toby have amazing friends and family around us to support us and try to help us get through this and Steve will always be in our hearts and never forgotten.
“Toby will hear all about how amazing his daddy was and learn lots about him and, while that’s all I can do with the memory of Steve, I wanted to help others who have to go through dealing with a brain tumour to show them our love and support and help as much as we can.”
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