Charity game raises £1900 and wins lots of friends

A charity game and open day staged by Stalybridge Celtic AFG ‘ability’ team against Honeywell FC raised more than £1900 and attracted a crowd of 300 people.

The main attraction was the game between Stalybridge Celtic AFG and Honeywell FC as well as a tombola, raffles, stalls and refreshments.

Team Leader at Somerset House Andrea Doherty said: “Saturday was a great success. The sun was shining and everyone from Somerset house were geared up and ready to support the lads including practising our chants.”

“When we arrived, the stadium filled up quickly, the tombola prizes were being won thick and fast. I remember standing back, taking it all in and thinking what a success regardless of what the score would be. I was so proud!”

Stalybridge Celtic AFG mascot, Bradley the bear, came out (AKA AFG’s Chris Thompson from Somerset House) warmed up the crowds and entertained the children.

“The game started and we all roared from the side-lines. 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 Turners family (Nathan is a service user at St Anne’s House). They later took it up to the hospital to give to Nathan, who hasn’t 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.”

Co-founder of the football team AFG support worker James Paul said: “A massive thank you to the officials on Saturday for giving up their own time. Very much appreciated thank you. The proceeds go to the Stalybridge Foundation, Honeywell FC and to Stalybridge Celtic AFG.”

Special thanks also go to our 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 from the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation; the stewards at the ground; and Honeywell FC for being gracious in their win.