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Ex-footballers play hen party crash fund charity match

Beth Jones
Image caption Beth Jones died and 20 other women were hurt in the crash

Former England and Sheffield Wednesday football players are to take part in a charity match to raise funds for victims of a hen party's minibus crash.

Bethany Jones, 18, from South Elmsall, West Yorkshire died and 20 other women were hurt when the bus and a lorry collided on the M62 in April.

Lee Sharpe, David Hirst, Steve Howey and John Beresford are to play at Frickley AFC Stadium, South Elmsall.

Proceeds of the match will go towards a fund set up in the wake of the crash.

The former footballers will be joined by other well-known ex-players including John Sheridan and Mark Crossley to play against local footballers, friends and family of the crash victims, Sheffield Wednesday said.

A question and answer session with the footballers will be held at the stadium after the match, which starts at 15:00 GMT.

Long recovery

The fund, Beth's Angels, which was set up by Ms Jones's cousin Mark Larkin, has raised about £12,000 so far and will be used to support the victims.

Miss Jones, who would have turned 19 last month, was among 21 women on the bus heading to a hen party in Liverpool on 26 April.

Of the 20 women that were hurt, eight of them were seriously injured and face a long recovery.

Hundreds of mourners attended Ms Jones's funeral last month.

A 62-year-old driver of the minibus was arrested last month on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was released on bail while inquiries continue.

The lorry driver, who is from St Helens, was previously arrested on suspicion of the same offence and remains on police bail.

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