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Ipswich Legends back in Bury

FOOTBALL - Ipswich Town Legends dementia/academy charity match at Bury Town'Bury Town FC ANL-140518-191717009
FOOTBALL - Ipswich Town Legends dementia/academy charity match at Bury Town'Bury Town FC ANL-140518-191717009

For the third consecutive year, West Suffolk Hospital Charity is teaming up with Ipswich Town to give football fans the chance to play against – or alongside – some of the Super Blues’ most famous names from the past.

John Wark, Matt Holland and Kieron Dyer have lined up in past years to support the hospital’s Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign and, co-beneficiary, Ipswich Town Academy.

The trio of big names, and the likes of Russell Osman, Titus Bramble, Simon Milton and James Scowcroft, are all set to feature in the charity game on Sunday, April 17 at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow.

The chance to gain a place in this fantastic football match begins at 9am on Monday with fans having all next week to place a silent bid for a spot in either the Forget-Me-Not FC or the ITFC Legends team.

Sue Smith, fundraising manager for West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “The Ipswich Town match has become a popular fixture in the charity calendar, raising more than £9,000 for the two charities.

“This year, we wanted to give as many people as possible the chance to play in this special match – either with or against the Legends.

“Rather than the previous one-off entry fee, we are inviting football fans to make a sealed bid via an entry form on our website for the chance to play in this match and support West Suffolk Hospital Charity and ITFC Academy.”

Bidding starts at a minimum £100 for a place in the Forget-Me-Not FC side and £200 for the ITFC Legends with anyone interested invited to make their bid via an entry form on the charity website – www.wsh.nhs.uk/Charity.

There are 17 spots in the Forget-Me-Not side up for grabs, including two goalkeeping places, and four places in the Legends squad.

Bidding closes at 5pm on Friday, March 4 with the highest bidders notified on Monday, March 7.

The Charity is also selling discounted ticket prices for the big game with savings on adult, children and family tickets available from a special Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/West-Suffolk-Hospital-Charity-Appeal1.

For more information on the match, email fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk.

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