Friends organise memorial football fund-raiser

The Chris Curwen Memorial Cup at Myerscough College

The Chris Curwen Memorial Cup at Myerscough College

  • Chris Curwen died from lymphoma in September 2010 aged just 23
  • He played for the university’s football club as well as Wyre Villa
  • His teammates set up the Chris Curwen memorial cup two years ago
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Friends of a tragic young student have staged a football competition in his honour.

Chris Curwen died from lymphoma in September 2010 at the age of just 23.

Chris Curwen

Chris Curwen

Chris, from Preesall, was a former sports student at the University of Central Lancashire and played for the university’s football club and Wyre Villa.

His teammates set up the Chris Curwen memorial cup two years ago where an ‘Old Boys XI’ took on the current UCLan side. But this year they 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 on Saturday.

The event raised more than £1,000 – almost 10 times the figure of two years ago – and his friends are now looking to expand it further next year.

A minute’s silence was held before the tournament kicked off and a signed Liverpool jersey was presented to Chris’ mum Karen afterwards.

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.

Yusuf Kaffo

Yusuf Kaffo, who organised the match, said: “Chris was highly personable and always willing to help others.

“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.

“The day was highly successful and I can’t wait to start organising next year’s event.

“I didn’t think we would raise up to £1,000 on the day, it has been a huge success and we are really proud of what we have achieved.”

The money raised will go towards the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie hospital in Manchester where Chris was treated.