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[caption id="attachment_79858" align="alignright" width="345"] General Manager of Volkswagen Ridgeway Newbury, Craig Clapham[/caption]


A host of former football players and celebrities took part in the special charity match, which was held to raise funds for The Brain Tumour charity and Action for Children.
Around 2,500 people attended the event, which featured former Arsenal goalie David Seaman, former Tottenham star Darren Anderton and pop star turned actor Suzanne Shaw, among others.
The £70,000 raised was the second largest individual total on the Virgin Giving website, beaten only by the London Marathon.
The general manager of Ridgeway Volkswagen Newbury, Craig Clapham, said that he was overwhelmed by the support and hopes next year will see even more people attend.
“The level of support we had and the amount of people that turned up was just incredible,” he said.
“We are delighted to have raised so much money and hopefully next year will be even bigger. We have set a target of selling 5,000 tickets and will try to raise £100,000.”
Mr Clapham co-founded the idea of the charity match alongside his close friend Neil Humphries, whose father David died from a brain tumour last year.
Mr Clapham also added that all the players involved had raised at least £500 to take part in the event, with many breaking the £1,000 barrier.



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