Pop stars take to social media for charity football game
Three singers have taken to social media to promote a charity football match that will raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The fundraising game will take place at Stoke City’s BET365 stadium, at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th May, 2019.
The match will see a host of famous faces including Danny Dyer, Stephen Graham, Calum Best and Lee Ryan taking to the field to boost the charity coffers of one of the country’s leading children’s charities.
But this week Lee Ryan, from boy band Blue, the X Factor star Ray Quinn, who came runner up to Liona Lewis, and Jimmy Constable from the pop band 911, took to social media with videos encouraging members of the public to purchase tickets for the game.
Die-hard Everton fan Ray Quinn said: “Hi guys, I’m going to be playing football on the 26th raising vital funds for Caudwell Children.
“It’s going to be a fantastic afternoon so I want to see you down there having fun.”
Lee Ryan, who also stars in Eastenders, as Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward, urged: “Hey, looking forward to seeing you on the 26th May, please come down and support the charity and watch me play; fooball!” he ended incredulously.
Jimmy Constable enthused: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the celebrity football match down at Stoke City Football Club.
“Come down, it’s going to be a fantastic day and I hope the weather’s good!”
Also appearing in the game will be James ‘Arg’ Argent, the English television personality best known for being a former cast member on the ITVBe reality series The Only Way Is Essex, and Danny-Boy Hatchard, known for playing Danny Dyer’s son Lee Carter in the BBC soap opera Eastenders.
Last week the pair paid a flying visit to the Vodafone call centre on Festival Park, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, to encourage ticket sales.
They both posed for selfies with staff and explained to them their love of football and why it’s important to support the charity by attending the game.
Argent a keen Spurs fan says his favourite football moments have come in the last couple of weeks. As he explained: “Seeing Spurs beat Manchester City and Ajax to reach the Champions League final has been amazing, a real highlight.
“Like lots of young boys I wanted to be a footballer when I grew up so to get the chance to step out at the BET365 will be a huge thrill.
“My preparation hasn’t been what you would expect so I don’t know how much game time I’ll get, but I’ll definitely be there.”
Hatchard, a West Ham United fan who still attends games with his father, said it’s a dream to play at professional football grounds but that it was important to support a good cause. “Yes it’s really special to play at top football grounds,” he said. “But the lads who play regularly do it because we’re helping worthwhile causes, like Caudwell Children.
“They provide invaluable support to disabled children ensuring that they have access to the equipment, therapies and treatments that the need to lead happy, active and independent lives.”
The event is being organised by Sellebrity Soccer, a company run by former AFC Wimbledon record goalscorer Kevin Cooper.
The former striker is delighted to be raising money for Caudwell Children and says his business has gone from strength to strength since it was established seven years ago. As he enthused: “We now play 9-10 games a year and we recently got a crowd of 15,000 at Goodison Park, which was fantastic.
“This is the first time that we’ve played at Stoke but the lads have played at many other grounds including Swansea, Leicester, Norwich and Watford.
“It’s a brilliant family fun day out which will raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, so I would urge anyone who loves football, or loves getting selfies with celebrities, to get their ticket now.”
Tickets are priced at £6 for children and £12 for adults. There are also VIP seats available from £45 which give ticket holders access to the players lounge for a personal meet and great before and after the game. Tickets can be bought online here.