Football favourites line up for big charity game

Former Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Michel Kuipers. Picture by Paul Hazlewood
Former Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Michel Kuipers. Picture by Paul Hazlewood

A host of footballing favourites are set to don their boots in a charity match at The Pilot Field this coming Sunday (August 7).

A Hastings United/Town Legends XI will take on a Brighton & Hove Albion Legends XI in aid of Chase the Dream and Let's do this for Ollie.

Former players expected to turn out for Brighton include Adam Hinshelwood, Darren Currie, Richard Carpenter, Micky Adams, Gary Hart, Paul Rogers, Seb Carole, Michel Kuipers, Scott Ramsay, Stuart Myall, Danny Simmonds, Duncan McArthur, Paul Watson, Guy Butters and Stafford Browne.

Due to play for Hastings are Liam Barham, Terry White, Russell Eldridge, Paul Tuppenney, Sean Ray, Stuart Playford, Jimmy Elford, Sam Adams, Danny Ellis, Peter Heritage, Mark Stapley, John Lambert, Tim Olorunda, Kevin Rose, Lee Carey, Nigel Kane, Danny Chapman, Tony Burt, Steve Yates, Danny Spice, Ade Olorunda and Keith Miles.

The match is being sponsored by The Property Cafe and will kick-off at 1pm.

"As soon as we heard about this, we had to be involved," said Scott White and Darran Cohen, company directors of The Property Cafe, which currently has offices in Bexhill and Little Common, and will shortly open another in Hastings. "We are delighted and proud to be the main sponsors for this event and great cause."

There will also be children's football with coaching company Skiltek from 11.30am-12.30pm, plus a barbecue, face painting and bouncy castle.

Tickets are £5 in advance (available from Hughies Cafe in Bexhill, Bexhill Rowing Club, C. Wells & Sons and ESSPA) and £6 on the gate, which will open at 11am.

Chase the Dream and Let's do this for Ollie are campaigns for two young boys from Bexhill, Oliver Hemsley and Chase Wells, suffering from serious health conditions.

Oliver, now five, was born with a rare chromosome disorder which means he is unable to walk, talk or eat (he is fed through a tube). His parents are fundraising for him to have a powered wheelchair and have so far raised around £8,000.

Chase is seven-years-old and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when aged one having been born 10 weeks early at 3lb 10oz. His parents are waiting to see if he is a candidate for an operation which could enable him to walk without an abnormal gait.

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