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Parent led support organisation Awareness for Autism co-fundraised for Autism East Midlands as part of third annual charity football match held in May at Notts County Football Club proudly sponsored by Rompa.

Stars Charity Match

Players included: Andy Ellis – plays Gadget, This is England (actor) Kieran Hardcastle – plays Kes, This is England (actor)Sean Ward, Coronation Street(actor) Callum Logan, (actor) James Hooton – plays Sam Dingle, Emmerdale (actor), Jamie Shelton – plays Robbie Lawson, Emmerdale (actor) Richard Mylan – Waterloo Road, The Bill, Coupling (actor) Enzo Maccarenelli – Professional Boxer (sports star) Paul Devlin and Andy Legg – Notts County famous football duo (sports star) Kevin Pilkington – Pro Goalkeeper & GK Coach at Notts County (sports star) MC Sharky P – Garage MC (DJ) and Lloyd Griffith (comedian) Special guests included Vicky McClure (Actress) and Jonny Owen (Boxer)

The charity football match raised over £2,000 for Autism East Midlands. A host of well known names from the worlds of film, soaps, sports and music took to the pitch to raise awareness and funds for two chosen charities, Autism East Midlands and the Shaun Barker Foundation. The family-focussed event showcased a mobile sensory room supplied by event sponsor Rompa and match football kits were provided by Nike & Kitlocker.

John Daly, Awareness for Autism and event coordinator said, “Wow, what an amazing day that was. Absolutely delighted with every aspect of it, the pro’s, ex-pro’s, celebs and fans that played were immense – and what a way to end, 4-4 for the second year running, and our only female player (Saffron Munsey) stepping up to take the winning penalty past comedian Lloyd Griffith. We had a crowd of 1,228 which was our best to date – and most of our sponsors this year are already signing up for next year, with it already set to be bigger again. We even had Jonny Owen & Vicky McClure as special guests and they presented the medals and the trophy at the end of the game. To sum the day up, I’d definitely say that was a job well done by everyone involved. If we can increase raising awareness through these matches, then we’re doing something right.”

Autism East Midlands would like to add a huge thank you to John Daly and the team at Awareness for Autism for coordinating this charity football match and for fundraising over £2,000 to help us support people affected by autism in the East Midlands.