Barron, who made 374 appearances for Pools throughout an 11 year stay, launched the event alongside another of Graeme Lee’s former teammates Ian Clark with the aim to raise funds for Lee’s wife, Gemma, for her medication to help treat her brain tumour.
The drug, which has helped stabilise the condition of Gemma, costs around £5,000-a-month meaning any fundraising events such as the charity game held at the Suit Direct Stadium can only be of benefit.
And Barron, who has been friends with Lee since their time together as teammates with Pools, says he was only too happy to help for a fantastic cause.
“We wanted to do something sponsored during lockdown but because of lockdown we could never really get it going so when this opportunity came up we thought what better way of doing it than actually having a game,” Barron told The Mail.
“We asked a few people who came along and they really helped us out. Marc Ellison and Motif8 helped provide all the kits and everyone has just been really helpful and it’s just been a brilliant day.
“We’ve even had people donate money and not come, which has been fantastic.
“We’re going to try and raffle the shirts off as well and all the money obviously goes to Gemma and the medication and everything else that she needs.
“It’s a fantastic cause and I think that’s why some really big names turned out in trying to raise as much money as we can.”
“There were some good names. Obviously the Hartlepool team I contacted most of them and they were quick to jump on and say ‘of course I’ll come along.’
“But when you see some of the other lads it just shows how high standing that Gemma and Graeme are held in.
“The situation they’re in, everyone wants to do their bit to help them and they’re a lovely family and it just shows that people will turn up to help them.”