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Once Upon a Smile Celebrity Football Match Charity Fundraiser

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FC United

Broadhurst Park

310 Lightbowne Road


M40 0FJ

United Kingdom

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Come and watch a team of local lads take on a team of celebrities* in a football game and more importantly help us to raise as much money as possible for a great charity, Once Upon a Smile, who provide support to families that have suffered the loss of a loved one. http://www.onceuponasmile.org.uk/

Please carry on reading below for more information on this great event! We hope to see you there.

Background info

Back in 2015, Paul Hughes decided he wanted to raise as much money as possible for charity. His charity of choice at the time was Cancer Research. Cancer had made such a huge impact on Pauls life, his grandfather passed away from cancer and his mother-n-law and close friend, Peter Hughes were also fighting the disease. Paul felt that he needed to help this worthwhile cause, so with help from his family and friends including Peter Hughes he set up a football match, Salford Boys vs Winsford Saxons in February 2015. The teams were made up of local lads from both teams, with Paul and Peter being the player managers. The day was a huge success, with money being donated by the players and supporters, a total of £1400 was raised.

After the success of this event, Paul decided that he wanted to carry on and another two football matches have since happened, one in August 2015 and then in May 2016, with the money being donated to other charities that have had an impact on Pauls life. Each event has got bigger and better since the last one and both of these raised around £2000 each. To help raise money, Paul got local and national businesses to donate prizes that were raffled off and with the last event got professional boxer, Jamie Moore to make an appearance.

With this now becoming an annual event, Paul wanted to make sure that this year’s event made as much money as possible and so has got the celebrities involved! Paul approached the charity Once Upon a Smile and asked whether their celebrity team would be interested in playing a football match and in return the money raised would go to their charity and they agreed!

With the celebrities* now on board, and a fantastic venue, FC United secured, the 4th charity fundraiser, Salford Saxons vs The Once Upon a Smile Celebs has been set for Saturday 10th June. Kick off 3pm with the after party and trophy presentation from 6.30pm**


FC United, Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Rd, Manchester M40 0FJ

Please note: parking near the ground is extremely limited. Please use our dedicated car parking only.

DO NOT park on restricted areas on and around St Mary's Road, Nuthurst Rd and Moston Lane.

Please visit the FC United website for up to date travel information http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/

Ticket Prices***

Match Ticket 2pm – 5.30pm

  • £6 per adult (16+)

  • £4 per child (1 -15 years)

  • Under 1’s Free of Charge (Must register for a ticket)

  • Disabled supporters please contact us at paulhughes1980@gmail.com

Match ticket includes entry to the ground and 1 entry into the raffle (Prize TBC). Raffle to be drawn at half time. Drinks and food will be available to purchase in the ground.

Please note that the south stand has some seating available which all seats are on an unreserved and unallocated basis. Standing areas are also available.

Match Tickets may also be available on the day to purchase but are not guaranteed. Please book now to avoid disappointment.

Evening Ticket (Over 18’s only) – 7pm to midnight

Come and join us for an evening of fundraising after the match. Danny Miller a.k.a Aaron from Emmerdale will be host for the evening along with other celebrities* from the earlier game.

Price includes entry from 7pm, welcome glass of fizz, live music from Shinny Davenport and Niall Barnes, other acts to be announced and Pie and Peas.

There will be a trophy presentation and prize draw.

Seating is limited at the event.

Dress code: smart. No sportswear

Evening ticket does not allow you entry into the football match, separate tickets must be purchased. If you are attending both events, unfortunately you will be asked to leave the ground and return back at 7pm for the evening. There is no where to wait inside the stadium.

Please bring your tickets with you on the evening, without them you may be not be allowed entry into the ground. ID may also be asked for if you are fortunate enough to look under 18.

A Just giving page has been set up but please do not use this site for buying tickets. Donations only to be made via this link. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Hughes65.

Any mistakes cannot be rectified.

Donations can also be made via text. Please text OUAS75 £2/£5/£10 to 70070

If you would like to donate anything for the raffle, offer any services or sponsor the event please contact Paul Hughes at paulhughes1980@gmail.com

For all the latest information please check our facebook page regularly https://www.facebook.com/events/1170446906406068/

You can also find us on Twitter, @helpagoodcause and Instagram @paul_hughes2810

All money raised after venue deductions will be donated to once upon a smile. Please give generously and please share to all your friends to help an amazing charity.

*Celebrity team TBC, but can be anyone from the list on the Once Upon a Smile website http://www.onceuponasmile.org.uk/

**We reserve the right to change the programme or venue and alter or cancel published dates without liability. In such circumstances, full refunds will be given.

***Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase

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