A FUNDRAISING page has been set up to support the family of a football star with cancer.

Shaun Bailey, who played for Halstead Town Football Club and Colchester United, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014.

Treatment was going well but the tumour returned last year, and Shaun, who moved to the US to be a football coach, has been fighting it ever since.

Devastatingly Shaun, 53, found out the treatment he was receiving for the tumour is no longer working.

He is unable to communicate properly and finds it difficult to move without help. He was originally given a year to live, but has managed to stay fighting for four years.

A fundraising page was set up by a family friend. It said: "Shaun has touched hundreds of lives and has been a great friend to the soccer community and everyone he meets.

"Sadly he was recently informed the tumour has returned and treatment will no longer be effective. As you can imagine medical bills and expenses continue to add up.

"We would like to raise this money to help his family defray these costs."

Shaun, who is now living in a nursing home, played for Colchester United’s youth teams and around the amateur leagues of north Essex.

He played for Halstead Town FC between 1993 and 1996 and went on to become manager in 2000.

To donate visit www.gofundme.com/kepyv-bailey-strong.