A football match to pay tribute to a popular 29-year-old who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year will take place next month.
Paul Bigsby, a former West Rise and Willingdon School pupil, died on May 28.
Paul found a lump and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite undergoing extensive treatment, including multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Paul’s cancer spread and he was told his condition was terminal. He passed away after a three-and-a-half- year fight.
Before being diagnosed as terminal, Paul married Claire in Cyprus in May 2014 and the couple enjoyed a year of married life.
Paul worked for Southern. He had many promotions during his career on the railways and was one of the youngest managers for the firm. He was revenue protection manager before he died.
Now, his friends at Southern are organising a charity match to pay tribute to Paul and his love of football.
Paul, an avid Arsenal supporter, was very involved in the sport locally. He ran the under-18s team at Eastbourne Borough and helped with the reserve teams at the ground in Priory Lane.
Lee Williams, a colleague of Paul’s at Southern, said, “Colleagues and I at Southern lost a very dear and loving friend to testicular cancer.
“In November, as a mark of respect I am hosting a Football match for the inaugural Paul Bigsby Memorial Trophy.
“The game is an opportunity for his friends, family and former colleagues to pay their respects to this wonderful man.
“There will be a raffle and the clubhouse will be open for beverages as well.”
The event is being held at Lancing FC , Culver Road, Lancing on Sunday November 8 with a 4pm kick off.
There will be a raffle at the event and Lee is asking people who attend to donate a prize for the raffle.
Any money raised will go to the charity Stand Up for Cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer works in collaboration with Cancer Research UK.
Stand Up To Cancer aims to brings the UK together to raise money to accelerate progress in cancer research and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
A Just Giving site has been set up to raise money for the charity. People can make a donation directly to Stand Up For Cancer by visiting www.justgiving.com/Paul-Bigsby.
Paul’s mother Brenda Bigsby said she hopes the event will also raise awareness of testicular cancer and encourage other young men to check their bodies regularly.