Grieving family raise £7,000 to help cancer patients in Helen’s memory

Helen’s son Billy (third from left) and husband Andy (far right) with members of Costello FC and staff from the Queen’s Centre, who cared for Helen.

A celebrity football match featuring stars from Hollyoaks and a fundraising dinner dance have helped to raise £7,000 for people undergoing cancer treatment at the Queen’s Centre in memory of a mother-of-two.

Costello FC raised the cash through fundraising events including a Jet All Star Football Match after Helen Winfield died on Ward 32 at the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital last October, shortly after her 50th birthday, after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Her husband Andy and sons Billy, 24, and Charlie, 22, are affiliated to Costello FC and arranged the charity match in June and the fundraising dinner dance.

Sarah Guest of the Living With and Beyond Cancer team said: “We’re so grateful to Andy and his sons for raising this huge amount of money as Helen was much loved by our staff and we were so saddened by her death.

“The money raised will be shared between Ward 32, the Outpatients Department and the Living With and Beyond Cancer Team, as we were all involved in Helen’s care.

“We shall ensure the £2,300 we each receive will be spent on helping other patients receive the best possible care through their cancer journeys and in their recovery.”

Costello FC are planning a further All Stars match next year and goalkeepers from the club’s 28 teams will now play in pink kits in honour of Helen.

[Allison Coggan – Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust]