Oakworth remember Sue Hewitt in style

A club stalwart who was at Oakworth from their very beginning will be remembered in perpetuity.
The first annual Sue Hewitt remembrance match will take place on Sunday, September 2, between two teams connected to the ambitious village club.
Sue was well known and fondly remembered by all at the club, which now boasts almost 400 playing members in its 27 teams.
The wife of club secretary Richard died in April, two days after her 51st birthday but the family responded to many requests to remember her in a tangible way by agreeing to hold a charity match in her name.
The first one will see a Sue Hewitt XI take on a team of coaches and managers from the club.
And Richard has already been overwhelmed by the response.
He had hoped to be able to raise at least £500 for Sue Ryder’s Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope, as well as funds for the club.
But, so far 28 players have asked to represent Sue – friends, family and former players – with 24 more lined up for the coaches’ team. With every players pledging £10 to play, it means the starting figure is already at £520.
Richard said: “Sue was in at the beginning and was known to everyone involved with the club.
“She played a huge part in supporting the club behind the scenes as well as on the touchline.”
Sue’s team will be kitted out in proper memorial shirts with a logo on the front and the winning team will get a trophy to keep for a year.
Richard said: “Each year different teams with Oakworth connections will compete for the trophy. Perhaps future years could see team from the past reunited.”
The match kicks off at 1pm but is part of a fun day, which starts at 10am.
It will include other fund raising activities including bouncy castles, a ducking stool, tombola, raffle, barbecue, face painting and much more. All the junior teams will also be in action against invited opponents on the day.
The club are working closely with the Manorlands Fund Raising team to make the day a great success and Richard said: “Manorlands’ fundraising team will provide posters, flyers, etc, which will be distributed locally to promote the event.
“They have been tremendously helpful in doing all they can to ensure the day will be a success.”

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