Sports mad Lee
Sports mad Lee

Friends of a popular, fun-loving young man from Kings Norton who sadly died from cancer last year have already raised thousands for charity and have now set up a football team in his memory.

Sports mad Lee Hawkeswood loved football and was a season ticket holder at Aston Villa. He played Power League 6-a-side football on a Thursday night with his mates and loved fishing.

Lee discovered he had cancer in 2011 and sadly died in April 2013, aged just 23, after battling the disease for two years.

Lee meets David Beckham at the Teenage Cancer Trust's YPU at the QE
Lee meets David Beckham at the Teenage Cancer Trust’s YPU at the QE

Just before Lee died, his friends arranged a charity football match at Baytree Farm and played as ‘Awkies Allstars’ and ‘Lee’s Old Boys’. Sadly, Lee passed away before match day but the event received massive support from his friends, family, work colleagues and strangers alike. So soon after the death of their friend, they raised almost £7,500 pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, to support their Young Persons Unit at the QE where Lee had been treated and supported.

This year, a second charity match raised almost £2,500, taking the total of funds raised in Lee’s memory to an amazing £10,000 in 12 months!

Some of Lee’s friends played for Bromsgrove Premier League’s West Heath United but the club has recently folded. So his friends and other ex-players have got together to create a new team (to give them something to do on a Sunday morning!)

The new team, called Awkies Allstars in honour of Lee, is in desperate need of a team sponsor! The lads have managed to buy some training equipment, balls and bibs by doing little bits of fundraising themselves. However, they now need a sponsor to donate £500 for kits (with Teenage Cancer Trust logo), league fees and more equipment.

If you can help with sponsoring the team please email Chris Fox & Tom Mooney 

If you’d like to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust you can do so via the 2014 Hope for Hawkeswood JustGiving page

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