Carrying on Craig’s legacy

Erica Hudson lost her husband Craig, 41, to cancer in November. He was cared for at Kirkwood Hospice, prompting Erica to plan a five-a-side tournament to raise money for the hospice. Erica with her kids, Jess and Annan and her co-organiser, Keith Brackenbury. (d22051246)

Erica Hudson lost her husband Craig, 41, to cancer in November. He was cared for at Kirkwood Hospice, prompting Erica to plan a five-a-side tournament to raise money for the hospice. Erica with her kids, Jess and Annan and her co-organiser, Keith Brackenbury. (d22051246)

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THE family of a Cleckheaton man who lost his battle against cancer has organised a charity football tournament in his memory.

Craig Hudson died from pancreatic and liver cancer in October 2011, just months after helping to organise last year’s tournament in aid of family friend Beverley Dransfield’s own cancer treatment.

Craig’s wife Erica is continuing his legacy by staging the five-a-side tournament in Gomersal this weekend, to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice.

“We organised it last year to raise money for Beverley’s treatment in America,” she said.

“Craig organised it last March and he was diagnosed himself in July.

“He was so passionate about organising such a big event.

“So this is in memory of Craig and Beverley and to help the hospice as well.”

Kirkwood Hospice cared for Craig in his final days, which is why Erica thought it was so important.

“It’s such a relaxed atmosphere there. It’s a very loving and warm place,” Erica added.

“The children could visit as often as they wanted and visitors can go whenever they want.

“It’s a wonderful cause.”

The tournament starts on Saturday at Shirley Recreation Ground, in Gomersal, from 11am. There will be a barbecue, raffles and a tombola.