football league on target with fun day

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For the third year running 12 local junior football clubs from across Harrogate, Wetherby and North Leeds area got together to raise over £2,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice at Wetherby Athletic JFC’s ground. Martin House Friendly League treasurer Jane Wilcock said: “Given the forecast on Friday I think we were very lucky but we made the best of it and as well as presenting a cheque for £1,800 to Martin House we raised another £700 plus for our next donation. So all our very hard work paid off.”

Representatives from each of the teams were delighted to present the giant cheque to Sarah Tarpey from Martin House.

“It just shows how much commitment people of all ages have to doing good work for others,” she said.

”The kids taking part today, and all the coaches, can be rightly proud that they have supported such a great cause.

“We need around £5 million a year to support the 400-plus Yorkshire families we care for, and these guys have raised a good chunk of that.

“But, more importantly, they have spread the word about what Martin House offers to local children living with life-limiting and terminal illness. I am hugely grateful.”

The Martin House Friendly League is organised by coaches from local clubs including Wetherby, Harrogate, Knaresborough and North Leeds.

It aims to provide 330 extra hours of football for the youngsters each year while promoting the cause of Martin House.