Footballers from Thornaby gathered to play a match to raise vital funds for two charities close to the hearts of locals.
A team from Thornaby’s Roundel pub represented the Gary Parkinson Trust, a charity set up for the Thornaby-born former Boro star Gary Parkinson who was struck down with locked-in syndrome almost five years ago.
Another team, from the Golden Eagle pub in Thornaby, represented another local charity Corey’s Smile - which was started by the family of brave 14-year-old Corey Duncan, who died from a rare kidney cancer in 2009.
The two teams played a charity match at Thornaby Football Club’s ground on Acklam Road, with the Golden Eagle team picking up the victory.
Kevin Todd, physio at Thornaby FC, who organised the event along with Dave Phillips and Golden Eagle manager Tim Pinyoun, said: “That’s what this area is like, everyone in Thornaby comes together and looks out for each other. It is the second year we’ve held the match and all the funds will go to two charities that mean a lot to people in the town.
“I want to say thank you to everyone involved, and to the football club for letting us use the ground.”
Players and supporters went back to the Golden Eagle pub on Sunday afternoon after the game and held a raffle.
Mr Todd hopes to have a full total of the amount raised this week.
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