Match in memory of Jock

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2011

A charity football match will be held in memory of Jock McKerron

A charity football match will be held in memory of Jock McKerron

Archant

THE grieving wife of a keen footballer who lost his battle with cancer last year is holding a charity match in his memory.

Hugh McKerron, who was known as Jock to family and friends, died in June – only six months after being diagnosed with the killer disease.

The 47-year-old depot manager, who worked for a Cheddar firm, left behind wife Kim, stepchildren Charlotte and Warren, and two grandchildren.

Now, Kim, of Dolberrow in Churchill, along with Jock’s best friends Dave Bullock and John Binding are organising a match to raise cash for Churchill Football Club and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf charity.

Kim, aged 51, said: “My husband loved football and his main football career was with Bishop Sutton, Winscombe Burnham and Churchill.

“He played football up until he was 46 and was training just weeks before he was diagnosed.”

Kim chose Hearing Dogs for the Deaf as one of the main beneficiaries because Jock became interested in the charity shortly before he died.

She added: “We had gone to Weston General Hospital for a routine check-up and Jock noticed some flyers for the charity.

“He had a dog called Maggie and she meant everything to him. He said he would like to get some money together for the organisation but passed away before he could do it.

“I’m doing this for him as he never got the chance. We are coming up to the one year anniversary since his death which is the hardest hurdle, but to do something that he wanted is a lovely tribute to him.”

The match will take place at Churchill football ground from 12.noon on May 28 and a range of groups will be taking part, with the winning team being awarded the Jock McKerron trophy.

Entry is free, but donations will be collected throughout the day, with other activities including a penalty shoot out, pool competition, raffle and refreshments.

The club house will be open to people who would like to watch the UEFA Champions League final where Jock’s team Man United play Barcelona.

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