A charity football match has raised thousands of pounds in memory of a Banstead grandmother who lost her life to a brain tumour.

More than 50 players teamed up to raise £1,500 for the Brain Tumour Research charity, playing in the second annual Song for Sue football match at Sutton United FC in front more more than 70 spectators.

The match paid tribute to Sue Thomas, a grandmother from Banstead whose life was cut short by a brain tumour. Sue was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in July 2013 and died at the age of 57 after enduring chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Motivated by their loss, Sue’s husband David, their two children Rachael and Holly, and son-in-law Lewis set up a Fundraising Group under the umbrella of Brain Tumour Research.

The Song For Sue Foundation holds regular events including dinner dances, music events, cake sales and, most recently, the football tournament. The group have raised more than £50,000 to date.

Lewis, a dad-of-two from Banstead, said: “We are extremely grateful to all those who took part in the football match.

“The Song For Sue Foundation football team played against Kick London, a Christian sports group based in Richmond, and a great time was had by all.

“Andy Dutton, a very close friend of mine, was the captain and organiser for the Kick London team.

“The game resulted in a 2-2 draw and after that we had a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.

“Sadly, the Song for Sue Foundation lost but, regardless of the result, we had a wonderful day and were proud to raise more than £1,500 for this vital cause.

“My daughter Siena particularly loved getting involved in the fundraising and enjoyed being a mascot alongside her sister Lara and her best friend Leo Dutton, the son of Kick Captain Andy Dutton.

“It was also a special honour to have Steve Harvey, one of Sue’s nephews captaining the Song for Sue team. We will return again next year to try and win the cup.”

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