Colne’s Sacred Heart United take on Burnley legends in charity match

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A COLNE Sunday League side will take on some former Burnley FC professionals in a special game in aid of charity.

Sacred Heart United are preparing to face their heroes in the match which will take place at Holt House Playing Fields on August 28th.

All the money raised from the match will go to the Gem Appeal which helps children with genetic and metabolic disorders.

The players were inspired to take on their charity effort after meeting Matthew Burian (8), from Barrowford, who suffers from the condition Hunter Syndrome.

Coach Marvin Edwards said: “Our captain Kieran Southworth told us about Matthew and we all met him and were motivated to do something to help raise money for the Gem Appeal”.

This is not the first time the players, who are aged between 17 and 40, have done their bit for charity. Last year, they scaled Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, raising more than £2,500 in sponsorship for Pendleside Hospice.

Marvin said: “For as long as I have been with the club, the men in this team have shown nothing but respect for their community and each other.

“They, unlike some young men in other parts of the country, want to give something back to their community rather than take it away.”

The Sacred Heart United players will face the likes of John Francis, Chris Brass, Micky Mellon, Roger Eli and John Mullin in the match on Holt House Playing Fields.

Spectators will be able to enjoy an afternoon of family entertainment from noon including live music, dancing, a raffle and games.

The match will kick off at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for children and all proceeds will go to the Gem Appeal.

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal should contact Christine Edwards on 07930 890964.