Charity football raises £700 for Amber-Rose

The teams and their supporters
The teams and their supporters

A CHARITY six-a-side football match raised more than £700 for a toddler with a rare illness.

The event, at Horntye Park Sports Complex, was held on Sunday, October 30, in aid of three-year-old Amber-Rose Sims.

She has central sleep apnea which is when the brain stops sending signals to breathe. As a result of this, Amber-Rose, of Athelstan Road, relies on oxygen when she is in bed, and requires oxygen tanks to be carried when she leaves the family home.

Sunday’s fundraiser was organised by Paul Harris and Carl Denne, who recently set up Charity for Kids, to help sick children.

Mr Harris said: “We had a total of 16 teams taking part in this fantastic fundraising event. Charity for Kids would like to thank Horntye Sports Complex for donating the venue, as without this we could not have put on the event.

“We had teams from the fire service, football teams, companies and kickboxers. We also would like to thank the referees for giving up their time in making the day run smoothly.

“Stamco FC and Gangsters made it to the final with both teams playing some very good football. In the end Gangsters came out on top with a 2-0 victory. We were also delighted to have a visit from Amber-Rose’s family.”

The money will go towards professionally landscaping the family’s garden and creating a grassy area for Amber-Rose to enjoy. It is hoped special play equipment will also be given to Amber-Rose with further fundraising efforts.