CRICKETERS will be bowling for charity in a memorial match for Netherton teenager Charlotte Catling.
Charlotte, 13, died in June 2007 after battling Crohn’s disease.
Her parents, Richard and Sarah, were keen cricketers so friends decided to hold a charity match in her honour.
Proceeds from the day will go towards Martin House Hospice, where Charlotte spent time.
Match organiser Andy Gledhill said: “I came up with the idea at Charlotte’s funeral last year.
“I looked around and everyone who was at the funeral were cricketers or had some involvement in the game.
“Most had some involvement with Armitage Bridge and, obviously, got to know Charlotte at the club.
“So, with the permission of Charlotte’s parents, a few of us got together and organised the match. Money raised will be going towards Martin House, a home that Charlotte frequently attended.”
Martin House Hospice provides holistic care and support to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.
The centre also supports the families of children who attend, giving them advice and support.
Since her death, Charlotte’s parents, Richard and Sarah Catling, and her older sister Rebecca have continued to support the hospice.
Friends described Charlotte as a “bright and bubbly girl” who “loved life”.
The Honley High School pupil loved to dance and spent the last few weeks of her life rehearsing for a big show.
But she was taken ill just hours before the show, which was then held in her memory.
The charity cricket match, between the Huddersfield league side Armitage Bridge against an ex-Armitage Bridge team who knew Charlotte, will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, starting at 2pm.
As well as cricketing action, there will also be signed cricket memorabilia up for grabs.
An England shirt signed by Jeremy Snapes and a T-shirt signed by Marcus Trescothick will be part of an auction.
Organisers are also looking for other items for the auction and are appealing for businesses to sponsor the match ball or donate to the cause.
To support, donate or for more information, contact Andy Gledhill on 07986219058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.