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Journalism students set up website for footballer’s memorial foundation

A group of journalism students have created a website to promote the work of a foundation set up in memory of a young footballer from their patch.

Sheffield United player Maddy Cusack died aged 27 in September at her home in Horsley, Derbyshire.

Her family have since set up a foundation in her name to help young female footballers.

Now students from Sheffield University’s MA Journalism course have created a dedicated portal on their ‘Sheffield Wire’ website to publicise its work.

Floral tributes left outside Sheffield United's ground following Maddy Cusack's death in September

Floral tributes left outside Sheffield United’s ground following Maddy Cusack’s death in September

After the students were invited to work with Maddy’s family, her brother Richard and sister Olivia came into the department, and were interviewed by David Hall, Nicole Collins, Kate McCusker, Demi Koutouzi & Harriet Scott.

The visit was arranged by journalism teacher Emma Oliver, who taught Richard when he was studying journalism at the University of Derby, where she previously worked.

The students went on to interview more of Maddy’s family and friends to build a picture of who she was, how she will be remembered and the legacy she has left behind.

MA Journalism course leadwer Michelle Rawlins said: “I am incredibly proud of our students who handled these very sensitive, and at times harrowing interviews, with professionalism, empathy and care.

“To do this less than three months into their MA Journalism course is a true  testament to  their skillset. I have no doubt they will all go on to become great journalists and have a brilliant future ahead of them.”