NORTH WINGFIELD: Money raised in memory of super Spireite

Rick Betton with son Ryan.
Rick Betton with son Ryan.

The family of a super Spireite who died of cancer just one week before seeing his beloved team play at Wembley - has raised funds in his memory.

Rick Betton, 57, hoped to cheer on Chesterfield FC in the JP Trophy final but died last March less than a week before the match.

The dad-of-four was set to make the trip down to London on March 25 with son Ryan from the home he shared with his wife, Rachel in North Wingfield.

But sadly Rick, who first saw his team play when he was six-years-old, did not make it.

His family have now hosted an event in his memory which raised around £3,000 for charity.

Wife Rachel said: “Rick was very poorly with prostate cancer but had bought tickets to go to the match with his son regardless of his condition, indicating his loyalty and dedication to the club.”

Last month over 180 family and friends carried out Rick’s last wish to raise a glass to him at the Chesterfield FC stadium and put a bet on the horses.

The event also raised funds for Chesterfield charity Embracing Life which provides non-clinical holistic therapies to people in the area with life-changing illnesses.

Rachel said: “When Rick was diagnosed with cancer he had to go to Sheffield for this kind of support.

“I too was able to benefit from their services making our lives just a little more bearable and helping us to cope with all the associated stresses.

“Embracing Life will be able to provide the care that will make a difference in Chesterfield.”

She added: “The night was a real tribute to Rick.

“I personally wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event in any shape or form.”