Charity match is a win-win for fund-raisers

Fitness levels are set to be put to the test in a derby charity football match between HospiceCare North Northumberland and Berwick Cancer Cars.

Thursday, 30th May 2019, 09:04 am
Team managers Nich McCreath and David Hainsworth.

The game takes place on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off at Newfields pitch (opposite Ramparts Business Park) and will be followed at 7pm by a celebratory live band night at the Black & Gold.

The match will be a gents over 35s game and both charities have put together teams of local players who are all raring to go in what promises to be an entertaining family-friendly match.

There’s been some fun exchanges between the two charities on Facebook as they gear up to the match but both teams are keen to emphasise the importance of raising funds for local charities in our community.

Nick McCreath, team manager for HospiceCare, said: “The lads are glad to be playing for two great local causes that support and care for local people when they really need it – and that’s what the day is really all about. Well, and the win for HospiceCare, of course!”

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Team manager for Berwick Cancer Cars, David Hainsworth, added: “We hope to raise plenty of money for both charities with bucket collections at the match. And plenty of cheers when Cancer Cars lifts the trophy!”

HospiceCare community fundraiser Jackie Kaines Lang said: “What better way to get together as a community, celebrate life and support two hard-working local charities? We all want our friends and families – and our whole community – to receive the care, love and support they need and deserve when life gets tough.”

Andrew Smith, chairman of Cancer Cars, said: “Local collaboration is vital to ensure we get the services we need in our community. We hope that people will really get behind the match and come along to the Black & Gold in the evening.”

Berwick Cancer Cars and HospiceCare North Northumberland would like to thank key local sponsors GMC and Simpsons Malt.

“We are delighted that family-run building contractor GMC is key sponsor of the match itself and that ever-supportive Simpsons Malt is sponsoring the evening do at the Black & Gold,” said the charities in a joint statement. “As well as community support, local charities like ours rely on the support and generosity of our business partners.”

Entry is by donation to be shared equally between the charities. There’ll be food on offer and some entertainment for children.

In the evening, Dark Horse will be rocking at the Black & Gold and the £10 ticket will include a burger buffet. Tickets available from McCreath & Sons, North Road; Hainsworth’s Clothing, Marygate; HospiceCare Wear & Care Shop, Violet Terrace; and KreativeTechnology, The Old Militia Stables, Hide Hill

as well as on Ticket Tailor.

Find out more on the charities’ Facebook and website pages.