A memorial netball tournament has been held again as a tribute to a popular player who died.

Leeanne Cheng-Winter, of Silloth, died in January last year aged 34 after a battle with cervical cancer.

A fundraising netball tournament was held in honour of her at Workington Leisure Centre in May 2017, and her friends have repeated it for the last two years, hoping to establish it as an annual memorial.

Kerry Dryden, chairwoman of Workington Netball League, said: “I think everybody really enjoyed it and although when we first started it we didn’t know if it would just be a one-off, people ask when the dates are now and they want to be part of it which shows how popular and well-liked Leeanne was.

“It’s just a nice way to remember Leeanne because she loved netball.”

This year’s tournament raised money for CLIC Sargent to support the daughter of one of the league’s players who has been battling a brain tumour.

The competition saw 10 mixed teams take each other on, including one side from Mrs Cheng-Winter’s hometown.

Before her illness, Mrs Cheng-Winter was an award-winning netball player in West Cumbria and had also travelled to play in Spain.

She was first diagnosed with cervical cancer several years ago but beat the illness, only to be told in late 2016 that it had returned and was incurable.