Corby football fans raise over £7,000 with an Old Firm charity match

James Crawford (left) and James McCafferty present Ellen Finn of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for �3,695
James Crawford (left) and James McCafferty present Ellen Finn of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for �3,695

Football supporters in Corby staged a Celtic v Rangers veterans football match at Steel Park in aid of causes close to their hearts.

Rangers supporter James Crawford came up with the idea of a charity match to raise funds for Macmillan’s Cancer Support as they showed his father wonderful care in his final days.

Celtic fan John Sludden chose his old school friend Dick Mullen who requires £30,000 for stem cell replacement therapy for Multiple Sclerosis as his team’s designated cause.

Local businesses and companies and football clubs from far and wide were magnificent in supplying fantastic raffle prizes and sponsorship while Corby Town FC provided the organisers with full use of their facilities to stage the game.

Local official Gary Capps was on hand to referee the match.

The Corby public got behind the event with an estimated 900 people, young and old, attening the match as rivalries were put aside for the day.

Thousands of raffle tickets were sold and over £3,000 was raised through the turnstiles and raffle sales on the day alone.

Rangers veterans won a very competitive game by a 3-2 scoreline but the real winners were both charities.

Crawford, Sludden and James McCafferty, who also played a significant part in organising the event, had spoken of their hopes to raise £4,000 if possible.

As the money was counted in the aftermath of the match all of their expectations were exceeded beyond their wildest dreams when the grand total amassed a huge sum of £7,390.

This was enough to give each cause a fantastic total of £3695.

The organisers now hope to make this an annual event as they would love to support the many local charities in the area.

There are 22,500 people living with and beyond cancer in Northamptonshire, with over 3,500 being diagnosed each year. Macmillan Cancer Support wants to be able to support everyone affected by cancer, and to do this they need the help of generous people like those who organised the match.

Anyone interested in supporting Macmillan locally, whether it’s raising funds or volunteering, can contact local fundraising manager Ellen Finn by email to efinn@macmillan.org.uk or on 07714 768612 to help change the lives of millions of people, and make sure no one faces cancer alone.