Family of tragic Wakefield toddler focus on fundraiser

Poppy with  parents Matthew Scaife and Mandy Wightman.
Poppy with parents Matthew Scaife and Mandy Wightman.
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FAMILY and friends of a 22-month-old toddler who died from childhood cancer neuroblastoma are rallying to raise cash for a string of charities.

Poppy Adelle Scaife of Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, was diagnosed with the condition when she was just eight-months-old.

She underwent six different forms of chemotherapy, but lost her fight for life on August 30.

A fundraising football match will take place next month to add to the £3,000 already raised for ‘Poppy’s Cause.’

It has been set up to raise cash for five charities which helped Poppy’s parents Mandy Wightman and Matthew Scaife during their daughter’s illness.

Miss Wightman said: “The fundraising has given us something to focus on and we wouldn’t have got through without the charities that helped us.

“Poppy was our world. She was the happiest little girl you could meet despite what she was going through, she wanted to make everyone smile.”

Poppy’s cousin Shane Lions and family friend Darren Powell have organised the football match at 2pm on Sunday October 5 at Hall Green United’s ground on Painthorpe Lane, Wakefield.

Friends and relatives will play in a Poppy’s 11 team against Hall Green United Allstars.

Mark Haywood, a Premier League referee, will officiate.

Charities set to benefit are The Amelia-Mae Foundation, The Sick Children’s Trust, Candlelighters, Kids Wakefield and Martin Hosue Hospice.

To donate to Poppy’s Cause, visit

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