Celebrity football match raises £11,000 for Leon Barwell Foundation to help families affected by cancer

Team captains share the trophy after the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy ended in a 4-4 draw
Team captains share the trophy after the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy ended in a 4-4 draw

The Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy match raised £11,000 for the charity to help families affected by cancer, it has been announced.
The match, held at Sixfields earlier this month, featured stars such as Rugby World Cup winners Ben Cohen, Matt Dawson, Mike Catt and Jason Robinson line-up and included a host of Saints, Cobblers and Steelbacks legends.

The Leon Barwell Legends and Leon Barwell All-Stars played out an entertaining 4-4 draw, with Leon’s two sons Henry and Ben, and step-son Ashley, taking to the field.

Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy 2015

Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy 2015

The match also saw former Saints and four-time British and Irish Lions Head Coach Sir Ian McGeechan face-off against ex-Cobblers boss Ian Atkins.

The foundation, which was set up by the Barwell family in memory of Leon, who died following a battle with cancer in June 2013, aged 45, aims to help families living with cancer by providing financial support to enjoy memorable events together.

In the months leading up to his passing, Leon was able to enjoy a skiing trip with his family as well as attend the Aviva Premiership Final between his beloved Saints and Leicester Tigers, and the money raised from the Trophy match will go towards helping families share similar experiences.

Leon’s widow and Foundation trustee, Paula Barwell, said: “It was a fantastic day at Sixfields and myself and my fellow trustees were overwhelmed by the support we received from everyone involved – from the players to the volunteers who helped on the day.

Former Saints rugby star Matt Dawson signs autographs at the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy this afternoon.

Former Saints rugby star Matt Dawson signs autographs at the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy this afternoon.

“To raise £11,000 for the Foundation is absolutely brilliant, and will allow more families affected by cancer to spend quality time together while making lasting memories.

“We’ve had a number of applications from families since the game, and we hope to help as many people as possible with the money raised.”