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Annual charity football pitches a team of celebrities against members of the public

Raph Frascogna, the founder of Football vs Cancer, said proceeds from the June 30 match at the Zeeco Stadium would go to Anna’s Hope, an organisation that raises money for brain tumour research.

Places in the public team are auctioned off and Raph said one spot in the 16 man squad was still available.

“We have purposefully held one ticket back which we will auction off in the next fortnight or so,” he said.

“It’s a great event to be part of so anyone interested in playing can go to our website to get details.”

The match gives the public an opportunity to play against stars of sport, stage and

screen while at the same time raising cash for cancer charities .

Sport celebrities taking part this year include Marcus Gayle, who played for Wimbledon and Rangers; former Liverpool players Neil “Razor” Ruddock and Paul Konchesky; and former Northern Ireland footballer and Peterborough United manager Grant McCann.

Well-known actors Omid Djalili, Tamer Hassan and Paul Danan will also make an appearance for the celebrity team.

The event last year raised £12,500 for charity, a figure

organisers hope to beat this year.

“Last year was a big success but we’re confident of raising more this year,” said Raph.

“A dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West after the game and

we have some great items which we’ll be auctioning


These include a boxing glove signed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and a helmet signed by former world superbike champion Carl Fogarty amongst other sporting memorabilia.

“We wanted to bring it to a new area and audience and make it something different this year,” said Raph.

Stamford based 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


For more information, visit www.footballvscancer.org

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