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Anna's Hope and football the winner in Stamford charity match




Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match
Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match

Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match which is played in support of local charity Anna’s Hope.

The annual charity football match pitches a team of celebrities against members of the public with places in the public team auctioned off.

A number of ex-footballers took part in Saturday's game including Neil "Razor" Ruddock, Des Walker, Marcus Gayle, Paul Konchesky, Grant McCann, David Norris and Marcus Ebdon.

Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match
Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match

Other celebrity players included Paul Danan from Hollyoaks, Paddy Wallace from Coronation Street and comedian and actor Omid Djalli.

Spectators witnessed an exciting and entertaining game with the celebrities emerging the eventual winners by seven goals to three.

Jay Watkins scored a hat trick while Marcus Gayle scored two goals.

Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match
Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match

The Anna’s Hope Fairies were on hand to add some fairy magic to the event and some children supported by Anna’s Hope attended the game and enjoyed meeting the players.

Based in Stamford, Anna's Hope was inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes, who died from a brain tumour aged only three years and eight months.

It was set up by her parents Rob and Carole Hughes and her godparents in 2006.

Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match
Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match

Carole Hughes said: "This was a fantastic event and I thank Football versus Cancer for raising funds and awareness for our charity.

"It would not have been possible without the hard work done by Shaun Harley and the organising committee, Kelly Harley, Lisa Leah, Raph Frascogna and Joe Fletcher who worked tirelessly along with Chris Shepherd and Chris Hughes.

"I also wish to thank all the players who gave up their time to support Anna’s Hope at the game and to all those who came to watch the game."

Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match
Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match

Shaun Harley from Football versus Cancer said: "We hope to see everyone again next year to support and raise money for an amazing charity."

A dinner was held at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West after the game where sporting memorabillia was auctioned off.

Last year £12,500 was raised by the Football versus Cancer event and, while the amount raised this year has not been finalised, organisers are hoping to beat it.

Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match
Stamford's Zeeco stadium hosted this year's 'Football versus Cancer' match


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