Lee memorial match is fundraisers’ goal
5:36pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A CHARITY football match in memory of Fusilier Lee Rigby will be held in Bury next year.
The match, which it is hoped will be staged at the town’s Gigg Lane ground sometime next April, will feature an Armed Forces side taking on a select squad, including Fusiliers and celebrities.
Proceeds from the Lee Rigby memorial match will be split evenly between the Fusilier Aid Society and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The latter is a charity dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Chris Webster, a representative of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, is organising the charity soccer match.
He said: “We will be contacting the stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale so see if they will represent the select side against an Armed Forces team.
“And we’re hoping that Howard Webb will referee the match.
“I’ve been involved in charity matches in the past.
“One day I was having a chat with Lee Rigby’s mother, Lyn, and we got this idea which just escalated from there.
“The first date for the match next April co-incided with Gallipoli Sunday in Bury, so now we’re looking for an alternative day.”
Meanwhile, Mr Webster is appealing for sponsors to print the match programme and to advertise in it.
He is also anxious for donations of football kit.
Anyone who can help is asked to email him at sherian firstname.lastname@example.org Fusilier Rigby’s funeral was held at Bury Parish Church in July.
Thousands of people turned out to show their respects to the soldier, a drummer with the second battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who was killed in Woolwich, London, in May.
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