Charity football match in memory of popular student veterinary nurse from Brandon

A well-loved student veterinary nurse was honoured in a charity football match played in her memory.

Catherine Barton, 27 – better known as Cat – was killed in a car crash earlier this month on the B1107 Brandon Road in Thetford.

Miss Barton, from Rowan Drive, in Brandon, worked at the Watton branch of the Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group.

She enjoyed watching football, including seeing her brother Simon play for the Deer's Leap team from Thetford.

And on Sunday the team took on Weeting FC – where friends of hers also play – in a pre-season friendly for a memorial trophy.

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The match, which is set to become an annual fixture, was evenly contested and finished 4-4. Cat's dad John scored the equaliser for the Deer's Leap team.

The trophy was won by Weeting FC after they triumped 4-1 in a penalty shoot out and all the penalties were taken with the players using their weaker foot to make it more interesting.

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About 40 players took part in the match and another 40 people turned out to watch.

Cat's dad and mum Jane presented the trophy, which was given by the Saxon pub at Weeting.

A total of �556.87 was raised for two charities close to her heart, the RNLI and the Cats Protection League.

Weeting assistant manager Nick Squibb helped organise the match and said: 'Cat liked going to watch football and especially to see the men's legs! She was a brilliant person and was always so bubbly and friendly. It is fitting to do something to benefit the things she loved.'

Mr Squibb thanked everyone for participating and showing their support for the charities Cat loved.

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