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Monday, 21 April 2014

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West Cumbria cricket boys raise £1,250 for charity

More than £1,000 has been raised by two teenagers who held a cricket match in memory of loved ones.

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WELL PLAYED: Allison and John Maxwell receive a cheque for £625 for Danica's Dream Fund from James Beck, centre, and Greg Platten holds a cheque for a further £625 for Cancer Research in memory of Ivan Platten

James Beck, 16, of Kirklea, Little Broughton, and David Houghton, of Egremont, held the 20/20 cricket match at Cockermouth’s Sandair ground in August.

It was arranged in tribute to James’s uncle Ivan Platten, who died of cancer in 2009, and David’s friend Danica Maxwell, who died aged 15 in March 2010, after being diagnosed with brain tumours.

The charity day raised £625 each for Danica’s Dream Fund, which was set up in the teenager’s memory after her death, and Cancer Research.

More than 100 people turned up to watch the match between Cockermouth and an Egremont select team while Danica’s father John had his chest waxed to raise money.

There was also a quiz, raffle and an auction.

Mr Maxwell said: “It was an excellent day and these are fantastic donations. Everybody was so willing to give.”

The money will go towards helping other children and families who are going through cancer.

Ivan’s widow Judith, 51, of Croft Terrace, Cockermouth, said: “Both the young boys have done a wonderful job and the thought to do it for the two charities means everything.”

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