Match in honour of teen cancer sufferer

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A young football fanatic from Kilburn who was diagnosed with cancer is having a charity football match arranged in her honour.

Victoria Wilson-Croft, aged 15, who has been a goalkeeper at Pride Park Juniors for the last four years, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in May.

The John Flamsteed pupil has recently been absent from school due to her chemotherapy treatment, however her family hope she will be well enough to start lessons again in September.

Now, a match has been organised to raise cash for two good causes close to her heart and a Premiership referee has been invited to officiate.

Victoria’s mother, Sally, said: “She loves football and was even playing before she had been diagnosed. She has only missed a couple of games due to her cancer.

“It was quite traumatic when we found out. Victoria was devastated and it has turned everybody’s life upside down but it can be treated and she is getting on with things really well.

“Alarm bells started ringing in March/April time but it was only because I stamped my feet that she was finally diagnosed.

“However, since then staff at the E38 ward have been absolutely brilliant.”

“We’re also very grateful to all the teachers and dadswho are getting involved with the match and we’re hoping that it will raise a good amount.”

Profits from the game on July 29 – which kicks off at 2pm at Holbrook Sports Ground will be donated to The Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and the Little Princess Trust.

It is hoped the money will help towards creating a “teenage room” at the hospital, where young people can spend time relaxing away from the ward.

People attending the matchwill not be charged for entrance but will be asked for a donation towards the charities.There will also be a bouncy castle, stalls, and barbecue. Organisers hope that around 500 people will attend.