FRIENDS PLAY TO HELP

FRIENDS of a seriously-ill mum-of-four have organised a charity football match tonight to raise funds to send her on a family holiday.

Sonia Buck won't be able to attend the series of matches today featuring one of her sons who plays for the Bristol Rovers Academy – but organiser Cathy Fry hopes the money raised will help speed her recovery.

Mrs Buck, 44, from St Anne's is nearing the end of heavy chemotherapy treatment which has seen a reduction in the cancer from which she is suffering and will then face a nervous wait to see if it returns.

HOLLYOAKS STARS TURN OUT

Members of the hit television series Hollyoaks will be strutting their stuff on the pitch in Nailsworth on Saturday 2 April 2011, taking on a Gloucestershire team including Martin Kemp and Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet, as well as several staff members from BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

The charity event will be raising funds for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA), and will take place at The New Lawn, home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club.

ESSIEN ORGANISES FRIENDLY

Ghana footballer Michael Essien, an Africa Union Peace Ambassador, is organising an Africa XI versus World XI charity match in Accra.

The match, to help promote peach in Africa, is set for 25 May and will feature former stars of the continent such as Cameroon legend Roger Milla, Abedi Pele and George Weah.

Chelsea midfielder Essien will captain the Africa XI and teammates Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba have also announced they will play.

HEAD TO HEAD FOR CHARITY

TWO OF the area's biggest companies will go head to head in a charity football match on Thursday (April 21).

The clash, between Vax and Webbs, will take place at 7pm at the Victoria Ground, the home of Bromsgrove Sporting, and raise funds for Help for Heroes.

The evening will be supported by local servicemen, the Bromsgrove Army Cadets and the Air Cadets' percussion band, and there will also be a charity raffle and auction with prizes including meals out, golf days, garden furniture, beauty treatments and Premier League football tickets.

VESTAS PLAY AGAINST AUTISM

VESTAS staff raised more than £850 for the Isle of Wight branch of the National Autistic Society at a charity football match.

Nearly 400 employees and their families attended the match at Westwood Park, home of Cowes Sports FC, to watch Vestas (England) take on Vestas (Rest of the World).

Both teams were made up entirely of Vestas employees on the Island but the 22-man Vestas (ROTW) squad featured players who originate or have roots in other countries, including Italy, Nigeria, Spain, Ghana, New Zealand and Mexico.

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