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This Saturday's bucket collection

29 April 2022

Team Hopkins - Winning for Did / Brain Tumour Research will be our matchball sponsors for Saturday's home game against Hartlepool United and they will be holding a bucket collection at the fixture this weekend.

This will be done in memory of Iron fan David Hopkins, who sadly lost his courageous battle with brain cancer, at 46, last year.

Please give generously. Supporters can donate now via

David, known as Did to many, was husband to Nicki, dad to Dylan (25), Lydia (22) and Sydney (10). He was diagnosed in September 2020 with the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) grade 4. 

This left Did and his family absolutely devastated, as they were told he would be lucky to get 12 months. Did fought a very brave journey, winning as he called it, with determination and quality of life to make as many memories as possible, until he sadly passed away at the age of 46 on 6th November 2021 at home with his loving family.

All Did wanted was to start and make memories during his illness and he got to do just that.

Did, an avid Scunthorpe United fan from around 12-years-old, started going to games home and away. One memorable game was Wigan away when a group of young lads, including his brother Rick and his cousin Phil, nearly missed the train and on arrival found a pub, and lads been lads still nearly missed the start. Many a trip followed and in later years, Wembley and home games with all his children. Did managed to get to his last Scunthorpe United game on 25th September 2021.

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. One day, someday, we have to try and change that and this is what the Team Hopkins – Winning for Did fundraising group wants to try help support. Do you want to join them in making a difference? Team Hopkins – Winning for Did are raising money in aid of Brain Tumour Research and every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to Nicki and family in Did’s memory.

Thank you to Nicki, and Did’s family and friends, for the sponsorship of Saturday's matchball in memory of Did and to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

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