Corrie star Sam kicks-off Abigail’s Haven fundraiser

Television soap star Sam Aston will kick-off a family fun day and charity football tournament to raise funds for a cancer support centre which has done so much to help a Todmorden woman.

Abigail Marshall has received help, advice and more from The Haven, which has centres in Leeds, London and Hereford, to fight breast cancer - and she and a group of friends have organised the fun day for Saturday, May 2, at Todmorden High School, Ewood Lan, to give Haven something back.

The event as a whole runs from 10am to 4pm, with the football tournament being kicked-off by Sam, who plays Chesney Brown in ITV’s Coronation Street, at around 10.30am with teams entered playing down to a final.

It is free to attend, but it is hoped people will donate generously to Haven, which will receive all the proceeds. Haven will have a stall and there will be some collecting buckets doing the rounds on the day, said Abigail’s friend, and co-organiser, Karen Patchett.

And as well as enjoying the football, there will be lots of other things going on including games like a penalty shootout, blow-up boxing (which has giant inflatable gloves), face-painting, jewellery making and crafts to try your hand at, as well as a range of stalls, raffles, pick-a-box, and a bran tub. Refreshments will also be available with Todmorden company Porcus serving up some sizzling treats.

The event has already got some good support, with Halifax company Marshalls stone merchants and Todmorden hostelry the Staff of Life have both sponsored football kit, and Staff owner Tim Fritchley introduced the organisers to actor Sam. The football competition will see teams play half-hour games against each other down to a winner for a trophy designed by Karen and incorporating a pink bra, symbolising the fight against breast cancer. Some all-star cheerleaders will cheer them on fron the touchline.

Karen said: “Abigail is still fighting cancer and she has given us some ideas for the day. We wanted to do something for Haven who have helped her and hope people will come along to have fun and find out more about Haven’s work.”

To find out more, or if you want to take part, contact Karen on 079400 49538,