Star game scores for charity

The football match was fundraising for El Elliott, surrounded by the players
The football match was fundraising for El Elliott, surrounded by the players

Stars from previous series of Big Brother and members of East 17 turned out in Daventry to take part in a fundraising football match.

The game saw Celeb FC XI lose 7-2 to the Daventry Heart Throbs XI in a game played at the home of Daventry Town Football Club, Communications Park on Sunday.

The match was raising funds for El Elliott, a mother of five from Newnham, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

A final total has yet to be revealed but is likely to have raised around £2,000.

Organiser Terry O’Neill said: “It went really well, we had some nice weather and it made for a really great atmosphere.

“The game was a fantastic match, full of end to end stuff. Both of the keepers were busy and that was reflected in the scoreline.”

Two Man of the Match awards were given to Darren Taylor and Chris Dowd who were cheered on by a strong crowd.

Mr O’Neill said: “We had a good crowd of about 200 people turn up to watch the match.

“We were pleased with the turnout, it would have been nice to have had a few more extra people but we were still happy.”

Mrs Elliott was diagnosed in 2008 with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is a degenerative condition that affects the central nervous system and is the most common neurological condition diagnosed in young people in the UK.

Mr O’Neill said: “It was a great day and we were really pleased to raise the funds for El.”

It is not the final fundraiser for Mrs Elliott at the club with a charity race night and tombola being held tomorrow (Friday) at Daventry Town Football Club.

Entrance is free but donations are encouraged. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.