Pubs’ charity game raises cash in aid of Madison

two generous pubs in Belper have raised £2,700 for a seven-year-old girl who suffers from a neurological movement disorder.

Staff members, regulars, and members of pool and darts teams from Bridge Street pubs the Riflemans Arms and the George and Dragon locked horns in a charity football match.

It was all in aid of Madison Bell, of Belper, who suffers from dystonia, which affects her ability to communicate.

The George and Dragon won the match 9-3.

Dan Kidd, who works at the Riflemans and who organised the match, said: “I know Madison’s uncle who comes into the pub.

“Everyone thought it was a good idea to do the match, and it went very well.

“The biggest result of the day was the response we received from everybody who turned up. About 200 people came to watch the game.

“The raffle and auction at the Riflemans afterwards, as well as donations from people who played in the match, helped to raise £2,700.

“It was a great day and an extremely worthy cause. I can’t thank people enough for their generosity and it was brilliant to see Madison and her family enjoy the day as well.

“Everybody who helped out on the day all need to give themselves a huge pat on the back. Without them then this day couldn’t have been the success it was.”

Dan added that the game will now take place every year.

He said: “We have decided to call it the Bridge Street Cup.”