Fun and games for good cause

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Ashington FC’s former defender Lee Anderson – now part of the coaching set-up – has called on the public to rally round and support the Les Alderson Celebration Day.

The man who gave years of service to the Colliers during his playing career as a full back has been involved with the initiative, which is now in it’s fourth year, since it began.

All proceeds will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The event is taking place on at Woodhorn Lane on Sunday.

Lee said: “It’s a pleasure to represent Les Alderson Jnr, Margaret and the rest of the family, and support such an excellent cause borne by all our friendships with the late Les Alderson.

“Steve (Harmison), the organisers and everyone who have become involved should be immensely proud of themselves in their efforts to make a positive difference to the lives of others.”

Doors open at 11.30am and admission is suggested donations of £3 and £1.

A junior game will start at noon followed by the main game, a Steve Harmison Ashington XI versus a Bedlington XI competing for the Les Alderson Memorial Cup, at 2pm.

Throughout the day, there will be a tombola, raffle, cake stall, face painter, bouncy castle, food and drink. There is also a live band in the evening with a silent auction through the day for a James Bay signed Newcastle United shirt.

Nicola Shotton said: “As part of the team organising the event, I am really excited to see another family fun day in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association at Ashington Football Club.

“The last three years have been very successful and we hope to continue this year and raise as much as we can for the in memory of Les.”

This year the format has changed for the main game, which will be 30 minutes each way followed by a penalty shoot-out.