South Leeds: Charity football match scores a £12,000 boost for kids’ charity

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A celebrity football fundraiser held in south Leeds has boosted a children’s charity by more than £12,000.

Hundreds of spectators visited the John Charles Centre for Sport, in Beeston, to witness a team of TV stars take to the field against former professional footballers, radio DJs and generous radio listeners last week.

The likes of former Waterloo Road actor Luke Roskell joined former Leeds United stars Noel Whelan and Kev Sharp in taking to the field to raise money for 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids charity. The match ended in an impressive 4-0 victory for the celebrity team.

Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “The money raised will make a massive difference to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Leeds and West Yorkshire.”

The day’s festivities also involved a six-a-side junior game involving Bramley Phoenix under 11s as well as facepainting, entertainment and visits by sporting mascots.

Cash for Kids and the Yorkshire Evening Post are now preparing to appeal for donations of Christmas gifts for the Mission Christmas toy appeal which aims to help needy Yorkshire youngsters. Visit www.radioaire.co.uk/charity for further information.

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