A CHARITY match was held at the weekend in memory of late police officer Andrea Buggy.

The organisers planned the match in memory of their 'friend, team mate and colleague', who sadly passed away a year ago last month.

Aiden Bew, Dog Section Sergeant at Cumbria Police and a friend of Andrea said that it was a fantastic game of football from both teams competing in the memorial match for her, and most importantly raising money for a good cause - ‘Every Life Matters’.

"Both teams did us proud with the Blue Devils taking the lead in the first half,but the Wildcats fought back in great style in the second with a very nervy last five minutes for the team from Cumbria Police," he said.

"The day was a fantastic day for all of us involved and a great way to remember our friend. We couldn’t do much last year for Andrea because of lockdown restrictions and this was a great way to honour her and pay our respects.

"The idea for a match started from one of her friends in the wildcats Sarah Dempster and through discussions we created this challenge between the Wildcats and Cumbria Police which we now intend to make an annual event.

"Andrea would have loved to be involved in all of this the only sticking point would be which team she would have chosen to play for perhaps."

The Blue Devils clinched a 4-3 win but a replay is said to be on for next year.

Wildcats player of the game went to Stacey Eland while Blue Devils player of the game was Martine Symes.

Andrea's husband David Buggy, said: "I'd just like to thank everyone for taking part was really great to watch well done to you all , hard to watch at times but Andrea would be proud of you all , and to whoever gave there medal to Solomon thank you he’s really chuffed and placed it with his other medals again thank you all who organised, played , turned up gave speeches thank you."

The teams raised £700 for Every Life Matters.