Football match to remember popular Leeds man

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A commemorative football match and family fun day in memory of a young man who died 10 years ago will raise money for charity.

James Wainwright, known as Jimmy, was just 24 years old when he died as a result of a road accident on June 16, 2006.

A football game and fun day in his memory will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support on June 11.

Mr Wainwright’s sister, Jo Wainwright, 33, of Tingley, said: “It is to remember James, to celebrate his life. There are so many people who miss him. He had so many friends. We want to bring everyone together on his 10 year anniversary to keep his memory alive.”

The event will be held at Mr Wainwright’s old football club Tingley Athletic - he had played for the team since he was seven years old.

After Tingley he moved on to play for Ardsley Celtic where he played until his death.

More than £700 has already been raised by family and friends.

The event, from midday to 5.30pm, will include a penalty shoot-out competition, bouncy castle, children’s fairground activities, food and face painting. The football kicks off at 2pm.

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