HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend a charity football tournament held every year in memory of a woman who died from cancer.

The Mary Hayton Charity Football Tournament will be staged at Sacriston Football Club, in Sacriston on Saturday on May 26.

Mary, from Sacriston, died of pancreatic cancer in June 2003, aged 42.

Following her death, her friends and family set up a memorial fund to raise money for Cancer Research UK and have since raised more than £64,500for the charity .

Eileen Jones, her sister and the event organiser, said: “Mary worked as a manager at the University Hospital of North Durham and was much-loved in the communities of Langley Park and Sacriston.”

The first of five matches kicks off at 9.30am with the concluding match starts at 1.30pm seeing Sacriston WMC and Langley Park WMC playing for the Mary Hayton Charity Shield.

Entry is free with a tombola and hot dogs and burgers on sale in the cricket club. Evening entertainment at Sacriston WMC is provided by North-East group Uptown,