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‘Mum was the rock who held us together’

IN MEMORY: Paul Olorenshaw is staging a charity football match in Assington in memory of his mum.

IN MEMORY: Paul Olorenshaw is staging a charity football match in Assington in memory of his mum.

A disabled football manager is organising a charity match in memory of his mother who died from cancer, weeks after being given the all-clear.

Carol Olorenshaw, from Assington, underwent surgery in May last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. But the disease returned and she died in August at the age of 63.

“It all happened very quickly,” said her son, Paul. “She got the all-clear and a few days later we found out there was a tumour in her spine and it spread. In six weeks, she was dead.”

As a tribute to his mum, who was caretaker at the village hall for 18 years, and to raise money for Cancer Research UK, Paul has arranged a football match between the team he manages – Assington Villa – and a side of past players.

The 36-year-old, who has fibromyalgia – a condition which causes pain and fatigue – has more than 40 players lined up for the game at the village hall on July 7.

“Mum was quite a tough nut, but she would love what we are doing and be very proud,” said Paul, from The Gurdons.

“I have managed the team for 10 years and mum used to wash the kit. All the players are up for it and we will have different elevens in each half.”

As well as being heavily involved in the community, Mrs Olorenshaw was also a carer to Paul, his brother Gavin, 41, who has learning difficulties, and her husband Ron, 74, who has ataxia, which leads to co-ordination problems.

“Mum was carer for us all and she was never ill or complained,” said Paul.

“She was so caring and would do anything for anybody. She was the rock that kept us together.”

The match will kick-off at 10.30am and will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Mrs Olorenshaw at the village hall.

 

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