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Dad plans charity match for ‘special cause’

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By Joseph Gartly
Annan and Eskdale
Dad plans charity match for 'special cause'

A CHARITY football match is set to take place in Annan next month, with a special cause behind it.

Atwal Stores in Annan, Paul Brecken and Jimmy Reid are joining forces to put on a charity football competition to raise money for Down Syndrome Scotland.
The competition is being hosted and sponsored by Annan Athletic, who are providing the use of the bar and the pitch.
Jimmy said: “We are doing it to raise money and awareness for Down Syndrome Scotland as this charity is very close to our hearts as we have a five-year-old son, Jaiden, who has Down Syndrome.
“We hope to raise as much money and awareness of the disability as we can.
“We chose this charity as Jaiden is very well known in the community and didn’t have a very good start with being so poorly with multiple health issues very common in those children with Down Syndrome.
“The idea came around when Omrik from Atwals Annan decided to raise money for the charity, also Paul came up with the idea of a charity football match.”
Omrik said: “Jaiden is always in the shop, he is just a lovely wee boy.
“It is a charity very close to my heart.”
The matches take place on June 3 with kick off 12 pm at Galabank in Annan.
Six teams of 15 players are taking part. Squads taking part are FC Annan, Annan Town, Lockerbie, Canonbie, Aidan’s Carlisle and Ruthwell Rovers.
The teams have been divided into two groups, with the winners going through to a final to challenge for the competition trophy, donated by Atwal Stores.
Down Syndrome Scotland aims to provide services that help families with children and adults who have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

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