A STAR-STUDDED line-up took to the football pitch to help a Saddleworth School teacher raise £8,000 for victims of last year’s Manchester and London terror attacks.
Andrew Pheby was part of the team that thought up and staged the Wonderwall Cup 2018 charity football match on May 27 at Millwall Football Club.
He explained: “It all came about from a tweet. A fan of Millwall was looking to do something for the victims of London attack and I saw it on Twitter.
“So I said why not do something for victims of Manchester and London together and it just went from there.”
Andrew, Micky Simpson, and Gaz Wright spent months organising the event, with support from others including Saddleworth School, Millwall FC, and a team in London.
Their aim was to bring London and Manchester together in a show of solidarity to raise money and awareness for the victims of the devastating terror attacks in both cities.
The day kicked off, in front of an audience of around 1,000, with a North v South emergency services game.
Then followed the Manchester v London ‘all stars’ game, featuring a host of celebrities including Tamer Hassan, Big Narstie, Stephen Bear, Danny Miller, Danny Jones, Dan Osborne, and Heavy D, with the game finishing 8-7 to the London team.
There was also a balloon release as a poignant tribute to the victims of both attacks.
Andrew added: “We made it into a really special family day and raised a lot of money for charity. But it’s the most stressful thing I’ve done in my life!
“We are going to do it again next year and it is going to be even better and bigger. We’re aiming to double the amount raised and I think we should achieve that.”
Proceeds from the event will be used in aid of the terror attack victims, survivors and their families and the emergency services.
To support the cause, donate online: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wonderwallcup2018
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