Charity football game in aid of Macmillan

A community radio station is holding a charity football match next weekend.

The game, ‘Match 4 Macmillan’, takes place at Bedlington Terriers’ Welfare Park on Saturday, July 19.

It will be between Koast Radio and Bedlington Terriers FC to help raise awareness and much need funds for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Earlier this year Neil Dickinson from Ashington and his family experienced first hand the work carried out by the organisation and they were astounded by the dedication and caring approach Macmillan Cancer Care provided.

Neil said: “Our family, like many others, were blown away by the news of cancer being present in a loved one.

“MMacmillan provided us with so much empathy, support and advice as we struggled to deal with the situation.

“We just want to show our appreciation and raise much needed funds for an organisation that we feel held us together during our tough time.”

During a conversation with close friend, Ron Norris from Ashington, the idea was hatched to set up the charity football match.

Neil took the idea to Koast Radio where he is a volunteer presenter and within a few minutes the plans were in place.

Ronan Liddane, chairman of Bedlington Terriers, said “The opportunity to bring together communities and raise money for such an amazing organisation is an honour for us.

“The work that Macmillan carries out is truly amazing.

“We are delighted to help and take part in this event.”

Famous faces have committed to taking part, including former Newcastle United and England player Malcolm Macdonald, who will be manager for Koast Radio, while ex-Sunderland and Swansea City star John Cornforth has signed up to play alongside presenters and volunteers.

John has recently returned from playing in the over 40s World Cup in Thailand, where he represented Scotland.

Tickets for the match are priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and are available on the gate.

A day packed with fun and football is planned for all the family.