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Charities' Big Match bonanza

Organisers hand over cheque for £57,000

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Charities' Big Match bonanza

FUNDRAISING footballing spectacle, The Big Match, has been labelled a ‘massive success’ by organisers after a cheque for more than £57,000 was donated to charity.

The event, now in its fifth year, saw a whole host of former pros, celebrities, and local footballers take to the field at Newbury FC’s Faraday Road ground in June.

Stars such as former Liverpool and West Ham defender Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, England wom-en’s player Kelly Smith and reality TV’s Amy Childs turned out to help raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity and Action for Children.

The fundraiser also featured a children’s training session, halftime entertainment and a glitzy evening do at Wokefield Park Hotel.

Organiser Neil Humphries said: “All in all, it was a massive success. It exceeds the total we raised at Farnborough last year.

“It proves that people will come along and get behind it because of what it is, so we’re very happy.”

At one point it looked like the match could have been the last game played at the stadium with the future of the ground – which West Berkshire Council intends to redevelop into flats – still uncertain.

Mr Humphries added: “The fact we were able to fill the stadium shows there is definitely a need for facilities like this.

“But clearly there’s a degree of uncertainty over the future of the ground.

“If they do have to move then a replacement has to be provided.”

For more information on The Big Match visit www.thebigmatch.co.uk

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