Football match in memory of Maria

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DURING this weekend’s busy programme of Whitby Gothic Weekend events Real Gothic will be bidding to avenge their 4-0 defeat to Athletico Gazette last November.

And this year’s event, held at Whitby Town FC’s Turnbull Ground on Sunday, has a new twist.

A team of ladies from both camps will take part in a half-time penalty shoot-out in memory of Maria Elvorith Bushra who was a Whitby Gothic Weekend as well as a Real Gothic WAG.

Maria, pictured in Whitby last year, was a graphic designer from Oxshott in Surrey.

She died just before Christmas and her family and friends have been fund-raising for a cause close to her heart – SOS Children’s Villages – which homes some of the thousands of orphans who live on the street.

Her parents, from Pakistan, have already bought a house in Islamabad Children’s Village (under construction) in Maria’s memory and the £5s paid by each penalty taker will be sent to the charity.

As usual, players in the main football match will pay £10 to play which will go to Whitby Town FC club funds.

There is also the usual admission charge of £1 which, along with the raffle and collection, will be split between Raw Animal Rescue Centre, The Willow Foundation, as well as Maria’s charity.

The football kicks off at 2pm, with the clubhouse open from 1pm.