Soap stars on-board for Ian’s big football match

Ian Richardson and Keith Adams(right) who are organising a charity football match.
Ian Richardson and Keith Adams(right) who are organising a charity football match.

MORE details have been revealed of the stars who could feature in a charity football match.

Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher (who plays Andy Sugden), Dean Smith (Philip Ryan in Waterloo Road), Ceallach Spellman from Friday Download, and Nico Mirallegro who plays Barry Newton in Hollyoaks, could be among the celebrities playing this Sunday.

 The team of stars will play against representatives of the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund, set up by Hartlepool businessman Ian Richardson.

 Ian, from Billingham, started the fund to raise money in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and daughter Mya, six, who died in a road accident in August 2010.

 Ever since, Ian, 39, has worked hard to help children who have lost loved ones. He has a three-year-old daughter Ava.

 Ian and fellow match organiser Keith Adams today revealed more details at the home of Billingham Synthonia Football Club, in Belasis Avenue. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children.

 The game is part of a day of entertainment from noon to 5pm at the football club. The match kicks off at 1.30pm.

 Keith said: “We have sold between 600 and 700 tickets and current soap stars are lined up.”

 Others could include Danny Miller, who played Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale, and Anthony Quinlan, who stars as Gilly Roach in Hollyoaks.

 Keith said: “Our team is the Jo and Mya Football Club, which is made up of people who have committed to raising £300 to play in the match. We would hope to raise around £10,000 raised from this.”

 A packed fundraising itinerary for the fund also includes:

l Fund supporters tackling a “Rat Race” obstacle course on August 26.

l A charity tattoo convention at Thornaby.

l Dozens of runners in the 13-mile Great North Run.

l And a “yomp” to the summit of Roseberry Topping on a date yet to be fixed.

 Ian, from Billingham, says even more fundraising is going on for the cause.

 “People come up to me and tell me they have held an event for the fund. I am delighted that the word about the charity is getting out there so much, that people are now organising their own events for it.”

 For more details on any of the events, visit either the fund’s website at or the fund’s Facebook page.