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Football marathon will help vital charity work

A student at Cambridge Regional College is holding an all-night football marathon in memory of her mother who died after suffering from a brain tumour.

Sports Studies students Emily Brown, 19, and Katie Brandon, 18, are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the Brain Tumour Charity, a cause close to their hearts after Emily lost her mother four years ago.

Emily, left, and Katie, who are raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity

The two teenagers have enlisted the help of 20 classmates to play football for eight hours throughout the night on 9 January – keeping the ball in play for a marathon eight hours.

Emily and Katie came up with the plan for the football fundraiser together and put their case for supporting the Brain Tumour Charity to fellow students.

“We wanted to raise money for a cause that meant something not just to me but to my family,” said Emily. “As a class we voted on the charity to support and when the students heard about my mother they chose the Brain Tumour Charity.

“Everyone in our class can join in and raise money for a good cause while doing something they enjoy. Our original target was £200 but we raised £100 in just two days so have increased our target to £500. We’re hoping for lots of support for a cause that really means something to us.”

Sport Studies lecturer Neil Andrews said Emily and Katie’s fellow students were keen to help them raise as much as possible.

“The Brain Tumour Charity really means something to Emily because of the sad loss of her mother, and she and Katie have put together a great fundraiser supported by her fellow students,” he said.

To support the charity fundraiser, go to the Just Giving page here.

For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email

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