Charity kick off

Rob Train, manager of Methley United, has organised a fundraising football match for the Motor Neurone Disease charity, inspired by former coach Ian Betteridge, who has the disease. They're hoping to raise �4-5000 to split between MND charity and Prince of Wales Hospice. With Amanda Ingram, facilities manager from the Hospice
Rob Train, manager of Methley United, has organised a fundraising football match for the Motor Neurone Disease charity, inspired by former coach Ian Betteridge, who has the disease. They're hoping to raise �4-5000 to split between MND charity and Prince of Wales Hospice. With Amanda Ingram, facilities manager from the Hospice

A FORMER village football coach is at the heart of charity events taking place this month.

Ian Betteridge, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) three years ago, will see his select team tackle members past and present from Methley United.

The one-time Methley United club manager hopes fundraising will exceed £5,000, which will be split between the MND Association and Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Mr Betteridge, 46, said: “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by people that have come forward.

“Methley United has really helped and local businesses and employees from where I work at Nestle have been fantastic.

“The money has come flooding in.”

Current club manager Rob Train, who thought of the idea for the charity match, said: “We want to do it because we have such close links with Ian and we know the charity relies so much on donations to help people survive, so it’s quite a big thing for us.”

The match will be held on September 23 at Glass Houghton’s Health Living Centre at 7pm and entry is by donation. Mr Betteridge will also do a sponsored walk around Pontefract Park on September 18.