A host of stars are flocking down south to take part in a charity football match raising funds for a Chorley band.
Preparations are well under way which will see a North West Legends team take on the Hollyoaks cast on Sunday, May 18, at Street Football Club, Somerset.
Ex professionals and current semi-professionals including Bamber Bridge utility player Matt Mahoney and his brother Danny, now at Nelson FC, who will be taking part in the match. The game has been organised by Chorley man Tony Cartwright who is a prolific fundraiser.
St Peter’s Brigade Chorley will receive a donation from the match along with the charity Flood Relief.
Tony said: “These sort of matches are turning into an annual thing now.
“Each year I say I won’t be doing them again but somebody comes to me and asks can I help them and I don’t mind doing so.
“I decided to help raise funds for St Peter’s as they are a good Chorley charity who do plenty of work in the community – my grandson also performs in the band.
“These sort of charities always struggle for funding so I felt it was vital that we could donate something to them.”
Hollyoaks stars such as Nick Pickard, Danny Mac and Ashley Taylor-Dawson will be featuring in the tie.
Other names such as Chorley butcher Paul Gobin and ex Bolton Wanderers midfielder Michael Roddy will feature for the North West Legends.
The Legends team will be managed by ex-Bamber Bridge and Accrington Stanley manager Phil Entwistle.
Tony hailed the impact Phil has made with the North West Legends.
He said: “Phil helps us attract some really big names with, it’s a real joy having him involved in the club.
“Everybody is looking forward to the match now, I’m not going to lie it has been a hard one to organise this year.
“I’m appealing to somebody if that could help sponsor our legends team.
“It would be a real help for us all involved.”
If you would like to donate to either charity log onto www.somersetcf.org.uk or www.stpetersbrigade.co.uk or contact Tony on 07917 595517 or 01257 276032.