Northumbrian fundraisers pass £10,000 mark

Ashington FC boss Steve Harmison, third from left, at the handover of the latest donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Ashington FC boss Steve Harmison, third from left, at the handover of the latest donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A drive to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has broken through the £10,000 barrier in three years.

The campaign started with what has now become an annual match between an Ashington XI and a Bedlington Terriers 1999 squad for the Les Alderson Trophy, so called in memory of the Woodhorn Lane stalwart.

Organiser Nicola Shotton said: “We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much to everyone who has supported the Les Alderson celebration days over the last three years.

“The 2015 amount of £2,934 now takes us to a grand total of £10,934, and we are grateful to everyone who has donated, attended, volunteered and played.

“Every penny that goes to MNDA will make a difference to someone living with the disease. Meanwhile, we ask the public to keep an eye on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/lamemorialcup to find out when next year’s event will take place, and we hope to have their support again.”

Les Alderson Jr said: “Most of the thanks goes to Nicola Shotton and the whole Harmison family, Lee Anderson, Ashington FC and everyone who has taken part from Ashington and Bedlington and supported the event.

“We hoped things would take off and people would make a day of it, and it is much appreciated by all the family.

“People come from all over the country to participate for the two teams, and it’s a day where they can get back together for a bit of a knees-up, as well as the fact that the proceeds are going to a good cause.

“The family are very proud that, over three years, in excess of £10,000 has been raised.

“Nicola has done another 10k run, and we are already booked in for the gung-ho challenge again next year.”

Colin Hardy, a spokesman for the MNDA’s Northumbrian group, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It is a tremendous achievement, and we can’t thank the club enough for the effort which they have put into this and look to continue to support the association here by raising awareness of this horrendous disease.”

“Again I can only express the thanks of myself and the association for what has been done, and everyone who has taken part thoroughly deserves our grateful thanks.”