Cricket match for Wendy

A CRICKET match to honour a Downend mum who died from a brain tumour is being staged for a third year.

Wendy Pound was well known at Christ Church Junior School, where she had worked as a lunchtime supervisor, and at Downend Cricket Club, where husband Andy is currently scorer for the first team and son Matt, 20, is a player.

Wendy was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2020 and died five months later, aged 53.

Andy and Matt staged a father versus son match the following year to raise money for charity Brain Tumour Research.

It proved such a success that they did it again last year, and are now preparing to stage the third Wendy Pound Memorial Match at the club on July 23, with Andy and Matt captaining sides drawn from across the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams, plus guests.

There will also be a barbecue and a charity raffle with prizes including an iPad, signed sports shirts, Gallagher Premiership rugby tickets, a voucher from The Butchers Hook in Staple Hill, food and drink hampers and a four-ball at a local golf course.

Last year’s match raised more than £6,300.

Every day’s research costs the charity £2,470, and so far nine days have been funded in Wendy’s memory.

Already this year Andy has taken part in a tandem parachute jump, raising more than £2,600.

He said: “Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.”

The memorial match will start at around 1pm on July 23. Anyone who is unable to come but would like to support the appeal can do so at