Lanarkshire united to boost charity

Charity football match organiser Martin Lafferty with Ellenor Ferguson and Pamela Nash
Charity football match organiser Martin Lafferty with Ellenor Ferguson and Pamela Nash

It was a family affair when Motherwell man Martin Lafferty organised a charity football match to help raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.

Martin, along with cousin Matthew Bryan of East Kilbride organised family and friends to play in the sponsored match to honour the memory of their grandfather Edward Hawthorne.

The North Lanarkshire versus South Lanarkshire match took place at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie and the players all pitched in to pay for the hire of the park and the function suite so that all the money raised could go to the Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories Project.

The initiative has been set up in partnership with the Scottish Football Museum to deliver football themed reminiscence sessions for people with dementia.

Martin has organised charity football matches in the past but this one was special as it honoured his grandfather.

He explained: “This is the third annual match I have organised and after my grandfather died earlier this year, my cousin Matthew and I decided that this one should be dedicated to him.

“Our grandfather suffered from dementia in the later years of his life, so Alzheimer Scotland was close to the hearts of our family.”

The north won by nine goals to three but the result was academic. Raising money for the charity and raising awareness of the work of Alzheimer Scotland was the priority.

MP Pamela Nash was at the match. She said: “I congratulate Martin and Matthew for arranging this event for such a worthwhile cause.

“We all know someone who is affected by dementia, and this money will make a real difference to those living with the condition.”

Martin added: “I thank Matthew for organising the team from the south, my own team and everyone who gave such generous support.”