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Over 200 people turned out to support the event, which included a disco and raffle at Bottesford Town Football Club on Friday 12 October, in memory of steelworker Phill Kostiuk, who passed away earlier this year at the Hospice, aged just 34.

Phill’s dad Nick Kostiuk, who attended the event with wife Carol and daughter Natalie said: “Phill played football all his life for a number of local teams, so this was a very fitting way to remember him.

He added: “We’d like to pay tribute to Phill’s friends Scott Batchelor and James Southworth, who did such a fantastic job organising the event. We were overwhelmed by the amazing support from local companies who donated over 30 raffle prizes, and by the generosity of everyone who attended.

“A special thanks also to Bottesford Town who provided their fantastic facilities, along with the lovely food and refreshments.”

Both sides were made up of players who had played in teams with Phill since they were young. They were both named Team Kostiuk and wore Phill’s favourite team Sunderland’s home and away colours for the match, which ended at three goals to one.

Nick added: “A big thanks to Hetts Solicitors for donating the cup. We’d like this to become an annual event – and we’re delighted to have raised so much money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, as they provided such wonderful care to Phill and all of our family.”

Hospice Fundraiser Selina Doyle said: “On behalf of Lindsey Lodge I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for raising such a huge amount of money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

“I attended the event and it was very apparent that Phill was a much loved son, brother, friend and colleague, who is very greatly missed by so many people. This was a very special day to remember for everyone, and it was a great privilege to be part of it.”

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