Friends and family of a mum dealing with cancer are organising a charity cricket match.

Mother-of-three Helen Dougherty-Graves, from Backford, was diagnosed with grade four metastatic breast cancer on May 1.

Helen, a family nursing partnership manager, has been provided with ‘fantastic’ care by the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the money raised will go directly to them.

Her husband Scott Graves said the event at Christleton Cricket Club on August 30 was a way of giving back to everyone who had helped their family.

The couple have been married nearly six years and have three children: Freya, 10, Harrison, four, and Eleanor, one.

Helen Dougherty-Graves and her husband Scott Graves from Backford, with their three children Freya, 10, Harrison, four, and Eleanor, one

He said: “As well as raising money for the hospice it’s a way of getting everyone together and saying thank you to all the people who have supported us.

“Even organising the match we couldn’t have done it without our friends and family.”

Helen is currently going through chemotherapy every three weeks at The Christie in Manchester.

Scott, a police officer, said: “I’m massively proud of her. The resilience and the resolve she has shown has been unbelievable.

“She’s going through all this and managed to be a mum and a wife at the same time which is hard enough as it is. But that’s Helen, that’s her character.”

Scott said he had been amazed at how everyone had rallied round since Helen’s diagnosis.

Their two eldest children attend Saughall All Saints Primary School.

He said: “It’s made us appreciate how very lucky we are to have three wonderful children, who have dealt with all this so well, and a loving partner.

“The same goes for how unbelievably kind and supportive all our friends and family have been helping us.”

The inaugural Catalyst Trophy will see a Christleton Legends XI go up against a Christleton Invitational XI.

Scott explained the inspiration behind why they chose to hold a cricket match.

He said: “Cricket has been a huge part of mine and Helen’s life. When we first met I was playing a lot of cricket, she would come with us home and away and almost became part of the team.”

All proceeds from the charity match will go to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd who have cared for Helen throughout.

The game at Christleton CC starts at 1pm with presentations afterwards as well as face painting, bouncy castle and cake sale.

The family also have a JustGiving page, to donate visit