A great game of tutu halves

Action from the 'ladies' charity fundraising football match at the Blackhall Welfare ground for 20-month-old Bradley Lowery.
Action from the 'ladies' charity fundraising football match at the Blackhall Welfare ground for 20-month-old Bradley Lowery.
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BRA-VO! You’ve got to admire these footballers with a difference who raised vital funds for a worthy cause while dressed in drag.

From a player in a polka-dot tutu to a sportsman in a nice pink number, two teams of players donned skirts and dresses for a charity match.

Blackhall Welfare Park was the setting for the game between Who Dares Wins and Blossom Fresh to raise money for Bradley Lowery, the 23-month-old who has been struck down with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that affects less than 100 children in the UK each year.

Bradley, who lives with his parents Gemma and Carl Lowery in Blackhall, is receiving treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) after he was diagnosed with the condition on January 8.

He has a tumour above his left kidney in the adrenal gland, which is so large that it takes up most of his stomach and has spread to the lymph nodes and lungs.

Villagers are rallying around Bradley and his family, and have organised a number of events to raise funds for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, based at the RVI.

On Saturday, the footballers raised some curious looks as well as plenty of cheers as they raised more than £350.

Organiser Darren Hutchinson said: “Some of the lads were all for playing in stilettos but they would have broken their ankles. They all loved it though.”

The match ended in a 9-7 win for Blossom Fresh and Darren thanked referee Colin Kirby for waiving his £20 fee, Welfare Park manager John Pierce, and Hesleden Parish Council for giving the pitch and the nets for free.