Match looks to score fundraising success

Barrier's Kevin Cairns (left) and Phil Peacock (right) from OGN warm up for the fundraising football match.
Barrier's Kevin Cairns (left) and Phil Peacock (right) from OGN warm up for the fundraising football match.

Two engineering firms are hoping to score a success with their charity football match.

Employees from Barrier Group and OGN Group, both based in Wallsend, will come together for the match raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

The match – kicking off at 4pm on Friday, August 7, at Hebburn Sports and Social Club – is in honour of Keith Hallway and Adam Peacock, who lost their battles with the disease.

Spectators will be asked to make a small donation, which will be combined with funds raised through a raffle made up of prizes donated by local businesses.

OGN will be looking to avenge a 4-2 defeat in the last encounter, which raised £1,544.

Graham Brooks, construction manager at OGN Group, said: “Unfortunately employees from both Barrier and OGN have been affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

“Keith and Adam were both keen footballers and we thought it fitting to help raise funds with what is shaping up to be a rather competitive game of football.”

Kevin Cairns, scaffolding supervisor at Barrier, said: “We’re expecting a good turnout for the game and would encourage others to come down and cheer the players on – it will be a fun afternoon for all the family and you might even get your hands on some great raffle prizes.

“It will also mean we can raise even more for those suffering with MND and help support their families.”

Tickets are available on the turnstiles on the day of the match at Hebburn Sports and Social Club – £5 for adults and £2 for children.