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Heswall FC renames ground in memory of Danny De Brabander


Nov 21, 2023

HESWALL Football Club have announced they will be renaming their ground in honour of a dedicated charity campaigner.

Danny De Brabander, who died on October 9, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2019. It spread to his liver and he was given months to live.

The 42-year-old, from Birkenhead, was told three times by doctors that the disease would kill him but remarkably Danny kept fighting and looked to have won his gruelling battle.

But after surviving two diagnoses, both of which gave him a short time left to live, Danny was once again told in April last year that the cancer had returned and that he had "about two years" left to live.

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Determined to be positive, Danny co-founded #TeamDDB to support people, like himself, being treated for this devastating illness.

Heswall FC has supported the charity work and fundraising of #TeamDDB. The group's efforts have raised more than £130,000. Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

Now the club has invited Danny’s family and anyone else wanting to attend to the ground ground for a renaming event in honour of Danny at Heswall FC, Gayton Park, Brimstage Road, Heswall, at 1pm on Sunday, November 26.

Chairman of Heswall FC, Robbie Matthews, told the Globe: “We are delighted to be able to offer a small gesture in memory of Danny. As a club we were fortunate to be able to support Danny and Team DDB by hosting the charity football matches.

“We wanted to show the impact Danny has had and do our bit to ensure his legacy goes on. He was a great man.”

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