Thousands of pounds raised in memory of 21-year-old who died three days after leukaemia diagnosis

Family and friends of a beloved 21-year-old who died of leukaemia have hosted a charity football match and raised over £6,500 in her memory.

Demi's parents Lee Johnson and Leeann Dunphy with friends and family at the fundraiser
Demi's parents Lee Johnson and Leeann Dunphy with friends and family at the fundraiser

Demi Johnson tragically passed away just three days after she was diagnosed with the disease on November 5 last year.

Family, friends, and loved ones gathered at Lanehead Football Club in Bloxwich for the charity football match in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Jessica Molineux, the partner of Demi's cousin, said: "The day went amazingly well, we raised an amazing £5512.13. With her donation page, this made the final total £6553.11.

Demi Johnson was aged 21

"As a family we have done this event because we wanted to do good in her name as well as spread awareness."

Before the match kicked off, Demi's family released 21 orange balloons into the sky - one for every year that Demi was with them.

They also released orange flares, a colour representing the fight against leukaemia.

Family and supporters set off orange flares in memory of Demi
The charity football match was held at Lanehead Football Club

Walsall FC's mascot Swifty even made an appearance, hosting a penalty shootout at half time where children could win medals with the overall winner receiving a trophy.

Plenty of activities took place to raise money for charity, including face painting, a tombola, a name the teddy competition, and a raffle, with donated prizes including Safari Park, Monkey Forest, and paintballing tickets.

And all of this was to celebrate the life of someone lost far too soon.

Demi Johnson, who lost her life to leukaemia

Jessica added: "Demi left behind many family members, including her mom Leeann, dad Lee, and three brothers - Liam, Ashley, and Jordan - who absolutely adored every bone in her body.

"The whole family did, because honestly you wouldn't meet someone as pure and golden as she was, she helped out anyone and everyone, she worked with kids with learning difficulties and loved her job.

Thousands of pounds was raised at the event
Demi's family applaud at the match

"She was just the most amazing person you could ever have in your life."

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