FOOTBALL and fundraising will come together this weekend as the two pubs teams go head-to-head again for a worthwhile cause.
Last year saw the inaugural Bridge Street Cup when teams from the Rifleman’s Arms and the George and Dragon, both from Bridge Street in Belper, played each other to help net cash for local girl Madison Bell, who suffers from the neurological disorder dystonia.
More than £2,700 was raised and organisers were so enthused by the response, they are planning a replay on the pitch behind the old Thorntons factory on Derwent Street this Easter Sunday.
The forthcoming match will be in aid of the spina bifida charity, Shine, and Ward 39 at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where live-saving operations are carried out on new-born babies.
Organiser and regular at both pubs, Dan Kidd, said: “It was really successful last year so we’re hoping it can be just as good this time around.
“There’s always been a friendly atmosphere between the two pubs so I thought it would be a good idea to get a charity football match organised.
“I would have been happy to have raised four figures last year, but we’re hoping to get more this year – I’d be happy if we raised £2,701!
“Hopefully we can get a lot of people there, we’ve had a good reaction so far. It’ll be a laugh but everyone wants to win!
“There’s plenty of banter already between the pubs!”
Dan chose the two charities to help support his two friends from Belper, Jodie Edkins and Emily Shepherd, who both have young daughters suffering from the same condition, hydrocephalus, and have been helped by both the hospital ward and by the charity Shine.
Hydrocephalus is a build up of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. If left untreated, more than half of patients will die.
Meanwhile, Dan is hoping to invite down a Derby County player along to the presentation after the match, and there will be a buffet, raffle and auction take place between the town pubs following the game.
To help promote a family atmosphere during the match, a bouncy castle has been hired for children.
The players will be paying £10 each to play, and the game kicks off at 2pm.
For more information, call Dan on 07783 278957. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/bridgestreetcup.
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