Fundraisers get on the ball for hospice

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TWO football teams joined forces to net a cash boost for a local charity.

Some 40 managers and coaches from Blyth Town FC and Bedlington Juniors teamed up to host a charity football match, raising £2,407 for St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.

The game was organised as part of a project by Northumberland Clubs for Young People to mark its 75th anniversary.

More than 500 spectators turned out at Blyth Town FC’s home ground to watch the match, many of them young players there to cheer on their coaches.

Each player was required to raise at least £30 sponsorship, with some amassing as much as £250 for the charity.

The money will be spent on providing specialist care at the hospice.

Event organiser Phil Cross, a coach at Bedlington Juniors, said: “I am thrilled that the event proved to be such a roaring success.

“The support from the community has been outstanding, and our success has made us consider making the match an annual charity event.”

The final score was 4-3 to Blyth Town FC.