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Netball tournament at Redbridge Sports Centre in memory of 16-year-old Addie Brady

PUBLISHED: 15:13 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 01 October 2018

Addie 'grew up on the courts of Redbridge'. Picture: Adrian Catwell

Addie 'grew up on the courts of Redbridge'. Picture: Adrian Catwell

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A sports centre is holding a fundraising tournament after a 16-year-old netball player lost her battle with brain cancer.

Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, Forest Road, Barkingside, is inviting residents to enter a team into the tournament in memory of Addie Brady who died in February.

The teenager and her sister Skylar “grew up on the courts at Redbridge” and were regularly playing and supporting their mum Michelle, of Romford, in the Essex Met League.

All proceeds from the netball rally will be donated to the Addie Brady Foundation which seeks to raise awareness and boost research into brain tumours.

“We hold a charity rally every year and as the Brady family were a big part of the centre, we wanted to help them,” said Shona McCabe of Redbridge Sports and Leisure. “Michelle has done so well to make a foundation out of a tragedy. They were part of the netball family and we wanted to support her through it.”

The netball rally is taking place on Wednesday, October 10 between 7.15pm and 9.30pm and participants will need to register at 7pm.

It is a great way to support the Addie Brady Foundation and also get match fit for the new netball season. The entry fee is £20 per team and participants should try to bring their own umpire, although if it is difficult to find one, please contact the centre and it can help you source one.

“Addie’s family want to honour Addie by setting up a foundation in her name to boost research into high-grade brain tumours and better treatment for brain cancer,” Shona added.

“They are currently working with the Brain Tumour Charity to achieve this.

“They are also working with The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust - a charity dedicated to supporting families with Li Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS)..

“Currently they are working towards implementing a national surveillance and screening programme, urging for additional research into LFS and other genetic cancer predispositions.”

In addition to the tournament there will also be a raffle on the night to raise funds. If you want to support the foundation but can’t make the event, you are welcome to donate a gift

For more information or to enter call Shona McCabe on 020 8498 1037 or email shona@rslonline.co.uk

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