Sheffield student helps brave Kendal

Kendal Middleton-Jessop
Kendal Middleton-Jessop

A Sheffield student is helping to organise a Steel City derby to help raise cash for a four-year-old girl who is battling cancer.

Ashley Petch, a sixth form IT student at Longley Park College, is setting up a Wednesday versus United clash which will feature ex-stars from both clubs plus other sporting celebrities.

Funds raised will go to Kendal Middleton-Jessop, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that affects fewer than 100 children each year in the UK.

Her family is raising funds which will send Kendal to the US for possible life-saving treatment which is not available in the UK.

Ashley said: “I was really honoured to have been asked to form, captain and manage the team. After reading Kendal’s story I rang all my friends who I knew would want to play and began developing a side.

“I also created posters and banners and shared them with football groups on Facebook.

“As well as my involvement in raising awareness on Facebook, I contacted lots of Sheffield Wednesday ex-professional footballers on Twitter, inviting them to the event, and so far I have had replies from Chris Waddle and Carlton Palmer plus boxing legend Ryan Rhodes.”

The match will take place on Saturday, June 14, at 2pm at Gosforth playing fields in Dronfield.

n Tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for under-12s. People can also donate via the justgiving page for Kendal at