"Steph Williams" Birmingham City FC

£10,618 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 350 people in 40 months
Steph Williams, where do we start?
For me this is one of the hardest letters I've ever had to write as there are not enough words to describe what a remarkable person she was and how I'm feeling right now.

Having met Steph through Birmingham City Ladies back in 1999, Steph my captain welcomed me into the club with open arms. In my eyes not only was she a great leader but she easily inspired many people on and off the pitch with her passion, commitment and endeavour. Her laughter and banter echoed by Archie were inseparable, between them bringing so much energy to the club. Steph's character naturally bought people together and to me made her the very core of Birmingham City. We were never just a club but a family built on the simple belief that anything was possible as we played every game for each other.

Having decided to move to America with her husband T and daughter Lili now 5, Steph was embarking on a new and exciting chapter in her life. Unfortunately, having only been there a short while she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This news was a massive shock and at the time I personally couldn't help but admire her strength and courage because she refused to be defeated. Even being told a year later she had secondary cancer in the liver, not once did she allow it to weaken her spirit and to give up hope. Her positivity came in abundance and her determination and desire to beat this was the only option in her head. With the love and support of T, Lili, family and friends she remained brave and courageous even through her toughest times continuing to be that happy smiley Steph we all knew, loved and respected.

Sadly, at the age of 35, the cancer became so aggressive it took over her body and unexpectedly took her life. She passed away on the 12th March 2016.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with Stephs family at this very sad time and we support them however we can in bringing her home.

As Stephs wishes were to be laid to rest in Birmingham, the family are working towards bringing her back. Not only is it difficult as they are still waiting on dates they have since encountered further problems regarding her burial here. As she has been living out the country she is no longer registered on the electoral roll and therefore the family are faced with unexpected burial costs in excess of £8000. There are so many things I could say about this, but right now the most important thing is to share this post via Facebook and Twitter as quickly as possible and spread the word. This is a huge ask I know, but Stephs family urgently need our help and support in raising as much funds so we can to give Steph the farewell she rightly deserves. As a mother myself, I can only imagine the heartbreak her mother Gail and father Patrick are going through. Just the thought alone of being in that position with my own child breaks my heart. For any parent, unable to fulfil their child's final wishes only adds to the heartache and loss. This is where we need to come together and help Stephs family through this difficult time, they have suffered enough and have been through so much already we need to help!

Birmingham City Ladies have kindly offered to help us and raise monies for the family. They are proposing for a bucket shake on the 24th April in their game against Manchester City along with other fundraising ideas we are currently working on. Please help in anyway you can even if it's coming to support the game in memory of Steph a true blue legend.

In the meantime please help with donations or even ideas to increase funds which will be hugely appreciated.

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Thank you so so very much to everyone who has helped share and donate to this link. This means so much and is hugely appreciated. It just goes to show the person Steph was as she touched the hearts of so many of us in more ways than one. The response has been amazing and together as a footballing family we have all helped in someway in bringing Steph home! It's both touching and remarkable and I am so proud right now to be part of such an rewarding achievement that we have all made happen.

Although we have successfully hit the original target, the link remains open for further donations. This will provide additional support to Stephs husband towards medical expenses and to care for their daughter Lili 5.
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Thank you so so very much to everyone who has helped share and donate to this link. This means so much and is hugely appreciated. It just goes to show the person Steph was as she touched the hearts of so many of us in more ways than one. The response has been amazing and together as a footballing family we have all helped in someway in bringing Steph home! It's both touching and remarkable and I am so proud right now to be part of such an rewarding achievement, that we have all have made happen.

Although we have successfully hit the original target, the link remains open for further donations. This will provide additional support to Stephs husband towards medical expenses and for the care of their daughter Lili 5.
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£10,618 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 350 people in 40 months
Created March 31, 2016
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MP
£30
Mick Pace
37 months ago

So sorry to hear this sad news. Steph was the obvious Team Captain when I started girls' football at Sheldon Heath School. All that's been said about her by Maz Ballard, Karen Carney and her Birmingham team-mates was true throughout her school days: reliable, intelligent, determined, friendly and fun. I hope her mum and dad, husband and daughter are coping OK; the world's a dimmer place without Steph.

MW
£30
Michael Wisrman
38 months ago

Great to sponsor such a good cause in memory of a wonderful person

MS
£25
Mark Sampson
39 months ago

Good luck with fundraising. Superb work by everyone involved. Special cause

GL
£100
George Lynch
39 months ago

Steph is a star. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to her family and all who knew her.

ML
£30
Mike Littefair
39 months ago
HC
£123
Heather Cowling
39 months ago

Thanks for arranging this Marie

CG
£50
Chris Gleadell
39 months ago

Such a beautiful girl, taken far too soon RIP Steph xx

NS
£40
Nicole Spencer
39 months ago
NL
£10
Nikki Lane
39 months ago
NP
£50
Nigel Poole
39 months ago

Forever Blue Steph. RIP.

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