Darcy’s Cup raises over £1,300 for Bluebell Wood

An annual football match in memory of a Darfield girl who passed away at the age of six and a half has raised more than £1,300 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Now in its fifth year, Darcy’s Cup is named after Darcy Jo Burke, who passed away at South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice in 2014 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Darcy's Cup raises over £1,300 for Bluebell WoodDarcy’s dad, Dave Burke Jnr, came along to present the trophy to the winners at the final, which was held at the start of a family fun day to celebrate the new purpose built changing rooms at Wombwell Main Community and Sports Association. The match was won 4-2 by The Pheasant after a hard fought game against Wombwell Town.

The culmination of a tournament featuring 16 teams and organised by Joe Gibbons, Mark Ravenhill and their friends, all funds raised will help Bluebell Wood to support children and young adults in Barnsley and beyond with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.

Darcy’s uncle Steve Hockey said: “The matches have improved every year and this year the talent on the pitch was amazing. There were some great players with extraordinary skills playing at this level and the final was a great match. The Pheasant dominated in the second half but Wombwell Town fought admirably throughout. It’s been really important for us to continue supporting Bluebell Wood in honour of Darcy and to help other families just like ours in their hour of need.”Darcy's Cup raises £1,300 for Bluebell Wood

Anna Gott, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood said: “We’d like to say a big thanks to Joe, Mark, all the teams and above all, to Darcy’s family, for continuing to support Bluebell Wood in memory of Darcy. The money Darcy’s Cup raises every year helps to support families in Barnsley and across the region who are facing the toughest of times.

“Our motto at Bluebell Wood is ‘living with love and laughter’ and this money will go a long way to help our families do that. Every penny raised makes a real difference.”

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