Pub football aids christie

Kevin and Christine Edwards, landlord and landlady of The Railway pub, Billinge Road, Pemberton, and customers present the cheque for �2,005.50 to Carl Sharpe from The Christie

Kevin and Christine Edwards, landlord and landlady of The Railway pub, Billinge Road, Pemberton, and customers present the cheque for �2,005.50 to Carl Sharpe from The Christie

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KIND-HEARTED pub regulars handed over a cheque for more than £2,000 to The Christie hospital in Manchester.

Drinkers at The Railway, on Billinge Road, Pemberton raised the money to help support cancer research and treatment through a charity football match between the pub’s male customers aged over 40 and those under 40.

The day, held at Highfield Grange Junior Football Club, also included raffles and the auctioning of golf days and tickets to Liverpool FC.

A representative from The Christie came to receive the cheque for £2,005.50 and thank the pub regulars for their generosity.

Joint licensee Christine Edwards said: “The football match was a lovely day for everyone and The Christie seemed very pleased with what we raised. It’s a great cause and a lot of our customers know family and friends who have been helped by the hospital and have been affected by it.

“When so many people are still being diagnosed and suffering from the disease, a lot more needs to be done in cancer research.”

The pub is also sponsoring Highfield Grange JFC and running a competition where drinkers can put in £1 to guess the amount of money in the pub’s collection bottle, with the winner receiving a prize of free beer.

And The Railway is now looking to further develop its links with The Christie.

Christine said: “We’ve asked to have a collection box which we can put on the bar and we’re definitely going to raise money for them again next year.”