Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and former football stars to play in charity match


Soap stars and former professional footballers are expected to land in the area on a massive fundraising mission. Emmerdale and Hollyoaks stars, former footballers and even darts champion Joe Cullen are to play a celebrity football match to help charity group Miles for Smiles break their £50,000 fundraising total from the ‘last year.

Celebrity football will take place with a match at the Ashby Ivanhoe FC ground, Lower Packington Road, Ashby on Sunday 12 June. Entry is £5 and kick off is at 1pm.

Before that, on Sunday April 10, the Miles for Smiles fundraising effort will be bolstered by another charity match in memory of Gresley FC footballer Jack Gallagher, who died suddenly in October 2021. Professional boxer Burton Frazer Clarke is expected to Catch the match at Gresley’s Moat Ground, which kicks off at noon, with admission costing £5 for adults and £1 for children.

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Another fundraising night on Saturday May 7 will see former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, along with a comedian, make an appearance at Jennings Rooms, Woodville. Tickets cost £25 each.

Finally, on Saturday November 19, the band will host a musical evening featuring the talents of Foofighters tribute band Foofighters GB and Burton band 3LessThan5. It will take place at the Ritz, in Guild Street, Burton, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £10.

Miles for Smiles, made up of several fundraisers based in Swadlincote and Burton, has spent the past seven years traveling the UK far and wide to raise thousands of pounds for charity. This year, the group is again raising funds for Ticknall-based Me & Dee, which provides families facing a life-changing, life-shortening or terminal condition with special holidays.

As part of their fundraising efforts, members will also travel 440 miles across the UK stopping at a long list of football stadiums. But they remain tight-lipped about the Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and former football stars attending Ashby’s game in June.

One of the members, Callum Worker, said: “We are in our seventh year of fundraising. We normally try to do a different charity every year. Last year we did Me & Dee and because we have seen what a great charity it is and all it does, we will be fundraising for it again.

“What they are doing is amazing. A friend of mine knows a woman who is 34 and has only four months to live. She contacted Me&Dee founder Maria Hanson and they will be going to a lodge right after a phone call.”

Starting August 12 from Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, the group will travel to 34 different stadiums, including those of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Birmingham City – as well as Wembley – before reaching Gresley FC on August 27. August and complete the march. at The Greyhound pub in Woodville.

Mr Worker added: “We’re making it bigger and harder – and we all love football. Last year we raised £51,000 and our target was £20,000.”

Tickets for all Miles for Smiles events are available by visiting his Facebook group. Donations can be made by visiting https://justgiving.com/fundraising/milesforsmiles2022

These are the stadiums that Miles for Smiles will visit

Anfield (Liverpool) – August 12

Goodison Park (Everton) – August 12

Peninsula Stadium (City of Salford) – August 12

Old Trafford (Manchester United) – August 13

The Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) – August 13

Edgeley Park (Stockport County) – August 13

Moss Rose (Town of Macclesfield) – August 13

Vale Park (Port Vale) – August 14

The Bet365 Stadium (Stoke City) – August 14

The Bescot Stadium (Walsall) – August 15

Molineux (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – August 15

The Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion) – August 16

Villa Park (Aston Villa) – August 16

St Andrews (City of Birmingham) – August 16

Coventry Building Society Arena (Coventry City) – August 17

MK Stadium (Milton Keynes Dons) – August 18

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur) – August 19

Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) – August 19

The London Stadium (West Ham Utd) – August 20

The Valley (Charlton Athletic) – August 20

The Lair (Millwall) – August 20

Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace) – August 20

Craven Cottage (Fulham) – August 21

Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) – August 21

Brentford Community Stadium (Brentford) – August 21

Loftus Road (Queens Park Rangers) – August 21

Wembley (England) – August 21

Vicarage Road (Watford) – August 22

Kenilworth Road (Town of Luton) – August 22

Sixfields Stadium (Northampton Town) – August 24

King Power Stadium (Leicester City) – August 25

Owen Street Sports Field (Town of Coalville) – August 26

Moat Ground (Gresley Rovers) – August 27

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