Football match in Montrose for sick Tayside children

Pictured are, from the left, Liam Petrie, Marie Christie and Andy Eadie.
Pictured are, from the left, Liam Petrie, Marie Christie and Andy Eadie.

The annual GlaxoSmithKline staff vs contractors charity football match took place recently, with sick children being the real winners.

Every year, a team of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) finest footballers takes on the best that its contractor partners, Currie & Brown, Doosan and Pyeroy, can offer.

The yearly fixture is always a spirited affair, with no quarter asked or given.

Reeling from a 7-1 drubbing last year, the contractor team had everything to prove and the team came away with a well-deserved 3-1 victory.

Awarding the winners’ cup to contractor captain Andy Eadie, GSK site director Andy Ross, said: “It was a well contested game and it was good to see both GSK staff and contractors enjoying themselves in such a competitive football match.

“Well done to the victors, but I expect GSK to come back fighting next year!”

This year, the organising team picked local charity Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL) to be the recipient of the funds raised during the match.

As always, the teams and spectators were very generous with donations, with a grand total of £465 being raised.

Picking the charity, match organiser Liam Petrie said, “We like to support local charities and when I heard about the good work that TCCL do for kids and families with cancer and leukaemia in Tayside there was only one choice where to donate this year’s charity match money to.”

The cheque was received by CLIC Sargent Nurse Marie Christie.

She said: “TCCL is a fantastic charity, which aims to support families with the inevitable expense that comes following a cancer diagnosis.

“During that most difficult time, the last thing parents need is financial worries so that is where TCCL steps in.

“Thank you very much to GSK and the contractors for this donation.”

The charity has been helping families with sick children since 1994.