Football match for hospice

PUBLISHED: 15:13 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A CHARITY football match will be held in Clevedon to raise money for North Somerset children with life-threatening illnesses.

A CHARITY football match will be held in Clevedon to raise money for North Somerset children with life-threatening illnesses.

Groups of professional players and local celebrities will take on each other during a match at The Hand Stadium to collect cash for Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).

The professional team will include past and present Bristol City and Bristol Rovers players and is being put together by former players Alan Walsh, Lee Archer and James Green.

The celebrity team will include goalkeeper Rich Fey, boxer Glen Catley, cricketer Syd Lawrence as well as presenters and DJs from the regions radio and TV stations.

The referee for the match, which will take place on March 21 at 3pm, will be Star Radio's Darren Daley.

BBC news presenter Alex Lovell will manage the professionals and boxer Jane Couch will act as the sponge physio.

The event has been organised by gardener and hospice supporter, Mark Walker.

The 40-year-old has been a keen supporter of the work carried out by CHSW at Charlton Farm in Wraxall and in October opened the Sunken Retreat - a hobbit-themed sensory garden that he worked to fund and complete over two years.

He said: "My day job is laying turf, not paying on the stuff, so I don't think I will be scoring any goals - just trying to raise as much cash as possible.

"We plan to auction off signed kit after the game along with other football-related items to raise addition cash so, donations of any auction items would be most appreciated."

Match tickets, priced £5, are available from Charlton Farm in Charlton Drive, Wraxall, and the Beaufort Motor Company in Wyck Beck Road in Hnebury, Bristol.

For more details and ticket information visit the community section of the CHSW fund-raising pages at www.chsw.org.uk/communityevents

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