War hero’s fund helps kit out school football team

Jordan Bancroft's parents Sheila and Tony Bancroft along with his nephew Dillon and niece Emily present the Barnoldswick C of E Primary School with their new sponsored football kit.

Jordan Bancroft's parents Sheila and Tony Bancroft along with his nephew Dillon and niece Emily present the Barnoldswick C of E Primary School with their new sponsored football kit.

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A memorial fund set up after the death of a West Craven war hero has helped kit out a school football team.

The L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft Memorial Fund has donated a new Claret strip to Barnoldswick CE Primary School’s Year 4 football team.

The charitable fund was set up after L/Cpl Bancroft’s death while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in 2010.

Money has been donated to a variety of good causes ranging from injured serviceman to Barnoldswick tot Oliver Rushton for his life-changing operation.

The school football team are delighted with their new kit and were able to wear their colours with pride at a summer tournament involving teams from Coates Lane Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School.

L/Cpl Bancroft’s dad, Tony, said: “The kit is like a thank you back to the community.

“You never know, maybe one of these little stars might be a big star in the future.”

His mum, Sheila, said: “Jordan wanted to work with children. He was always an outdoor person and he was a football fan, so he would be very proud.

“I wanted to thank everybody for their support and especially Dawn Bickerdyke, who has been the main fund-raiser.”

L/Cpl Bancroft’s nephew, Dillon, and niece, Emily, are both pupils at the Barnoldswick Primary School.