Footy match in memory of club founder’s mum

Haywards Heath AFC
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Footballers will host a charity match and barbecue in memory of their chairman’s mother who passed away last week.

AFC Haywards will host the football match at Victoria Park, followed by a raffle and barbecue at The Heath Tavern, in Sussex Road.

The match will take place at 2pm on September 13 and all money raised will go to Cancer Research UK.

The club’s chairman and co-founder Adam Bettine lost his mother Ann Jacqueline Bettine, to cancer last Thursday (August 20).

Adam, 28, said his mother known locally as Jackie, was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, She underwent chemo therapy and fought the cancer into remission.

He said: “Sadly we recently discovered that the cancer had returned and this time was incurable.”

Jackie was turning 57 in September and was mother to Adam and his two sisters Louisa, 26, and Yasmine, 22.

On the charity match day, past players will go against current players and all will donate £10 each

Last year the club held a charity match to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as a former player suffered from the condition.

Adam said: “I attended the charity match with my mother last year and she had intended to go this September 13 too.

“Raising money and generating awareness for Cancer Research is so important to me and the whole club because many of us have loved ones who have suffered from cancer.

“Research and clinical trials that are carried out using money raised helped keep my mother alive for over 10 years. That is priceless.”

Some of the huge number of raffle prizes include; a Swedish back neck and shoulder massage at Beauty Rooms, golf for four at Haywards Heath Golf Club, a family ticket to Bluebell Railway, a bottle of prosecco, four half price tickets to Fishers Farm, and a private pod for six adults and two children on Brighton wheel. To find out more visit