Fund-raiser is on the Ball

From left, Kevin Ball, event compere Will Gardner and Melvyn Barnes.
From left, Kevin Ball, event compere Will Gardner and Melvyn Barnes.

An Ashington-based business has netted more funds for a youth football club.

Furniture 4 u, which opened 18 months ago, supports two football clubs from Ashington, two from Ellington and a squash club in Newbiggin.

Melvyn Barnes, CEO of the discount furniture store, and his team recently organised a free event at Whitehouse Social Club to raise money for Ellington Juniors Under 14s – the speaker was Sunderland FC legend Kevin Ball.

There was a big turnout for the former midfielder, who had some great stories to share.

More than was £500 was raised, which will go towards the Under 14 squad’s trip to the Netherlands next year.

Melvyn said the business will help more sports clubs if it continues to grow.