A CHARITY game and open day staged by Stalybridge Celtic AFG ability team against Honeywell FC raised more than £1,900 and attracted a crowd of 300 at Bower Fold.
The main attraction was the game between Stalybridge Celtic AFG and Honeywell FC as well as a tombola, raffles, stalls and refreshments.
Andrea Doherty, team leader at Somerset House, said: “Although we lost 11-1 that really didn’t matter. The lads got the experience of playing in front of a huge crowd and on a full size pitch.
“Honeywell FC took the trophy but dedicated it back to Nathan Turner’s family (Nathan is a service user at St Anne’s House).
“They later took it up to the hospital to give to Nathan, who has not been well and was unable to play in the game. He was over the moon. And it was great that Nathan’s brother Arron could play in his place wearing his shirt.”
James Paul, co-founder of the AFG football team and support worker, said: “A massive thank you to the officials on Saturday for giving up their own time.
“The proceeds go to the Stalybridge Foundation, Honeywell FC and to Stalybridge Celtic AFG.
“Special thanks to volunteers on the day and the staff, who were off duty, who came to support the team; Mike Milenko for the generous donations from Tesco Oldham; Stalybridge Celtic Foundation for the use of their facilities; Mike Smith from the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation; the stewards at the ground and Honeywell FC for being gracious in their win.”