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FOOTBALL Fundraising set to take on Vintage Clarets once again!

by Steve Bott

FOOTBALL Fundraising are arranging another charity football match against the Vintage Clarets at Nelson FC on August 2.

Football Fundraising started out in 2013, when they arranged a Burnley v Sheffield United fans’ game at Turf Moor raising £1000, which was split between Pendleside Hospice and SANDS.

This time they are raising money for Kidneys for Life and the Gary Parkinson Trust. Raising for Gary is self-explanatory and playing against the ex-Burnley players ties in nicely.

As for Kidneys for Life, one of the players on the Football Fundraising team, Chris McGowan, donated a kidney to save his cousin’s life. Not only did Chris save a life, but he also turned his around – completely changing his lifestyle as he became much fitter and healthier after the operation.

At this event, as well as the football, the Clarets’ Cheerleaders will be performing and Bertie Bee will be there pre-match to entertain the kids.

There will also be face-painting and a food and drinks van serving burgers/hotdogs/shakes etc.

The club bar at Nelson will be open serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and pre-match 100 claret, blue and white balloons will be released.

After the match its off to Nelson Cricket Club where food and drink will be available.

An auction and raffle will feature signed footballs, shirts and boots. Football League match tickets for the 2015/16 season are also up for grabs.

A special guest attending on the day is Harlee-Jae Procter, a five-year-old girl who has recently been in the news highlighting her battle against a rare genetic disorder.

She recently met Danny Ings and is attending the event to ‘tick off’ another item on her to-do list – meeting Bertie Bee.

Tickets for the match are £2.50 for adults, children go free, and they can be purchased through the FF team at or via Twitter at /football_fundra.

You can also pay on the gate.