Charity match in memory of tragic Sadie Rose Clifford

NAKP 1307308AM2 Sadie Rose Memorial Football Match. Darren and Katie Clifford with baby Oscar.  (1307308AM2)

NAKP 1307308AM2 Sadie Rose Memorial Football Match. Darren and Katie Clifford with baby Oscar. (1307308AM2)

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Mum of tragic Sadie Rose Clifford said she was so happy her daughters memory was being kept alive after hundreds turned out for a charity football match in her memory.

Katie Clifford from Knaresborough said: “I was so anxious about the event, I was worried about how many would come because for the last year we have been out of the public eye but it was a great event and I was really touched.

“It was very emotional for me, especially when there was a round of applause for Sadie before kick off.”

Knaresborough Town defeated local rivals Boroughbridge 5-2 to take home the Sadie Rose Clifford Challenge cup at the event at Manse Lane last on Tuesday night.

All funds raised will be donated to the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK in honour of Sadie Rose who lost her battle aged just two years old, after bravely battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Mum, Katie Clifford, and Dad, Darren, Clifford took their four month old son Oscar Jay to the match.

“It was our first fundraiser with Oscar,” said Katie, “People made a fuss of him so he loved it. Hopefully the Sadie Rose Clifford Challenge Cup will continue for years and in fifteen years time Oscar can play for his big sister.”

People from across Harrogate and Knaresborough rallied to raise over £500,000 through Neuroblastoma Alliance UK to help fund potentially life-saving treatment in a specialist New York cancer hospital for Sadie.

However, Sadie returned to the UK in April 2012 having been too unwell to continue treatment and sadly died in June 2012.