If you fancy a game of football to warm you up for the Champions League final then look no further. This Saturday 28th May St Ambrose High School, in Coatbridge, plays host to a charity match organised by Stephen Patterson, and his friends and family. The kick off will be at 1pm, with an entry fee of £3, and a raffle and cake stand will also be available (no one can say ‘no’ to some cake).
“It started last year when I wanted to get a few boys I had gone to school with back together for a game of football and thought why not do it for charity,” Patterson said on the charity match organisation.
“Last year the match was played at Bannerman in aid of MacMillan Cancer. I chose this charity, as I lost my mum to cancer, and raising money for this cause would help those suffering today.
“This year the charity I chose was Glasgow Children’s Hospital. Again I chose this as my brother was killed in a car accident. Although he was not in this hospital I want to raise money to ensure no child’s life is cut short.”
After a successful first year Patterson has pulled out all the stops this time around. Not only is there a lot more on offer but he has also enlisted the help of some high profile individuals.
“This year’s game should be bigger than last year’s as there are more prizes to be won and the organisation of the day has been far better.
“As well as some of the same companies, friends and family helping with prizes last year, I’ve also had the help of some local footballers. Lawrence Shankland, Dominic Thomas and Liam Burt have all organised signed jerseys from their respective clubs, Rangers, Aberdeen, Motherwell and St Mirren.”
The game is sure to be a special occasion, and will have its fair share of fun, considering the teams are made up of close friends and family. There are few better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon and people going along would be contributing to a commendable and worthy cause.