Football contest in honour of ‘Jock’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 May 2012

Jock McKerron.

Jock McKerron.

Kim McKerron

A FOOTBALL tournament will be held in memory of a man who lost his battle with cancer to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

Hugh ‘Jock’ McKerron was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and died a year later aged 47.

His wife Kim, aged 52, of Dolberrow in Churchill, is organising a match and party to celebrate Jock’s life and his passion for football.

Kim said: “Last year we held a seven-a-side tournament but this year it will be more about Jock as a person, his passion and what he loved doing.”

Kim, who was married to Jock for 16 years, said the Churchill Football Club event will include members of the reserve team dressing up as women and entertainment from the band Mid-life Crisis.

She said: “He was playing football up until the night before he was diagnosed, it was amazing. The doctor said he fought like he did because of his fitness and in a way we want to give out this message of the importance of being fit and healthy like Jock. I’m very proud of him.

“Jock’s best friends, John Binding and Dave Bullock, are helping me with the event, as the three of them put a lot of effort into Churchill Football Club.

“By staging this event I hope it will reflect what they have done in the past and I hope the young ones which are coming into the club will take a leaf out of their book.”

The money raised at the event will be donated to Weston Hospicecare, who helped look after Jock in his final days.

The event will be held at 4pm on May 26 at the club’s ground in Ladymead Lane, Churchill.

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