24-hour footy fundraiser

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A MEGA-FUNDRAISER has urged the people of Hartlepool to turn out in force and support a gruelling charity effort.

Sixteen players have signed up to be part of a 24-hour marathon football challenge in Seaton Carew.

It will be held to raise money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund, which was originally set up by Ian Richardson. Ian named it after his wife Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, who died in a road accident in 2010.

He and his youngest daughter Ava, now aged two, survived.

Ian has since formed the fund to support children who have lost loved ones. The 24-hour football match will be held from 7pm on Friday, November 22, at the Sports Domes in Seaton Carew.

Ian said: “We are hoping lots of people will come along and give the players their support.”

Organisers are hoping to raise around £1,500 for the charity.

To back the big-hearted players, visit www.justgiving. com/teams/soccer24