AN under-8s football team is embarking on a sporty challenge to support the dad of a team member on his road to recovery.

Walney Yellows under-8s are set to play a 12-hour-long football match in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity - the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally.

The team wants to support their goalkeeper Jonah's dad, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Jimmy Hill was diagnosed at the age of 34 and underwent surgery to remove the tumour at the age of 39.

The Barrow man is currently on the long road to recovery but the team is ready to support the charity by raising funds for it. 

On Saturday July 27 the team are doing a 12-hour charity 5-a-side football match that involves the 11 squad players, as well as their friends and family, with all proceeds raised going to the Brain Tumour Research Charity.

The charity match is taking place at Tummer Hill playing fields from 9am to 9pm.

Chris Ivison, the team's coach, said they wanted to 'support the family'.

He said: "Jimmy, his wife and his family have been overwhelmed by it.

"As you can imagine 12 hours is a tough challenge for the children who are aged seven and eight and also not forgetting their parents and your support is much appreciated in helping us raise funds for this amazing charity.

"Friends and family are forever grateful to the Brain Tumour Research Charity for the help and support throughout this awful time."

More than £1,545 has been raised, smashing the £500 target. 

To help towards the cause visit the Just Giving Page here

If you would like to sponsor the children's football shirt please contact Chris Ivison on