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Fundraiser in memory of young man who mistook tumour for hangover

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Friends of a football fan who died from coronavirus after mistaking a brain tumour for a hangover are holding a charity fundraiser in his memory.

Barnsley FC follower Matthew Mather, from Penistone, woke up with a ‘hangover from hell’ after a night celebrating being chosen to be a godfather with family and friends, in February 2019.

A few days later following a collapse, Matthew, then 28, was diagnosed with a brain tumour which he fought until his death 22 months later.

Now friends of Matthew have organised a fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity at The Crystal Palace pub, Thurlstone, Penistone, on August 29.

The event, organised by Sarah Abbott and Donna Woodward Faxon, includes a bake-off, auction, raffle, card games and a pool tournament.

Matthew Mather and his friend Sarah Abbott, who has organised a charity fundraiser in his memory
Matthew Mather and his friend Sarah Abbott, who has organised a charity fundraiser in his memory
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Sarah, 25, from Thurlstone, said: “When Matthew was still alive I wanted to do something to help raise awareness about brain tumours…

“I asked Matthew if I could do one and he said: ‘of course’.

“I wanted him to know that no matter what, I was going to be there for him 24/7.”

She added: “I’ve known Matthew for a very long time. Me [and] his brother Stuart were inseparable. There were like the brothers I never had; always there for me. We just grew closer and closer as we got older.”

Sarah has also started Millhouse Melts, making candles and scent diffusers to raise money for the charity and Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, where lorry driver Matthew received cancer treatment.

Matthew’s fiancée Katy Selby, 32, said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the efforts of Matthew’s friends.

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Katy, from Barnsley, said: “Sarah is a good friend of mine and Matthew’s; I met her through Matthew. Sarah has started doing Millhouse Melts and all the money she gets from this is getting split between the Brain Tumour Charity and Weston Park.”

She added: “Originally we wanted to show appreciation towards Weston Park and The Brain Tumour Charity for what they did for Matthew and now we need to raise awareness of brain tumours – and they need funding to be able to do their research and clinical trials.”

Written by: Rother Radio News


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