A CHARITY football match in memory of three much loved friends took place in Stonehouse on Saturday.

The first annual Michael Carman Memorial Cup match was held on Saturday at Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, kicking off at 2pm.

Shelley Sanders, one of the event organisers said: "Nigel Sanders, Claire Lovett and myself got together to put on the match in memory of three much loved friends from the town who sadly lost their lives to cancer in the last few months: Mike Carman, Justine Perry and Nick Ackland.

"We would like to publicly thank everyone who came along to our fundraising event, the first annual Michael Carman cup match.

"It was so well supported.

"We were totally blown away by the sheer volume of people who came along, which was over 500 including players.

"They all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon, and for some it lasted well into the night.

"We feel honoured to have put on this event and the quiz night in April.

"Altogether so far we have raised the phenomenal amount of £4656.22, which will go to the families of Mike, Nick and Justine for them to distribute to their charities of choice, Sue Ryder, Maggie's and Longfield hospice.

"Cancer needs to be eradicated - together we can hopefully help do this."