Match funding boost for memorial to Leeds teacher

SILENT TRIBUTE: The teams pause to remember Mrs Maguire before kick-off
SILENT TRIBUTE: The teams pause to remember Mrs Maguire before kick-off
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THE push for a permanent memorial to Leeds teacher Ann Maguire is a step closer this morning thanks to fund-raising football matches over the weekend.

Teams for Corpus Christi Catholic College took on Huddersfield Town and a Yorkshire Amateur XI at the playing fields at Bracken Edge on Saturday, charging supporters £3 admission.

Additional cash was also raised through collections and a raffle for prizes including two tickets for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway at the Leeds Arena, a family ticket for Yorkshire theme park Lightwater Valley, vouchers worth £50 to spend at the White Rose Shopping Centre and signed Leeds United shirts.

Organiser Nathan Valentine is optimistic the event will smash through the £1,000 target, adding to totals raised at an earlier football match on the May Day bank holiday and bucket collections at Tescos.

Staff from Corpus Christi were among those who attended at the weekend along with members of Mrs Maguire’s family.

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Maguire family,” said Nathan. “I’d like to say a special thank you to Machaela Regan for the donation of the beautiful flowers which were presented to them on behalf of everyone involved in both organised events. I know they were greatly appreciated.”

A Corpus Christi Ladies X1 kicked off the event, playing the Huddersfield Ladies team while the Corpus Christi men played a Yorkshire Amateur X1 at 3pm.

“It went brilliantly and I would like to thank everyone who came,” said Nathan. “I think Mrs Maguire would have been really proud to see the students and former students who were there.”

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