‘Old Firm’ match raises £2800 for Joni appeal

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A fund set up to help a young dad suffering from motor neurone disease has been given a massive boost thanks to a charity football match.

Hundreds of people turned out at Duffus Park in Cupar last weekend for an ‘Old Firm’ match to raise funds for former Bell Baxter High School pupil Joni Halley, who was diagnosed with the degenerative illness at the age of just 34.

The match raised £2800, which will go towards paying for adaptations to the home Joni shares in Glenrothes with his wife Becky and daughters Iona (7) and Aimee (3).

“We had amazing support,” said organiser Wayne Melrose.

“Cupar Gala Committee gave us their PA system and Ivor Neville did a great job as announcer; music played at intervals and there was a real ‘feel good’ atmosphere.”

After the match - which was won by ‘Celtic’ by four goals to one - Joni and Becky presented the winning team with their trophy as well as a ‘man of the match’ trophy they’d donated to Graham Makein.

Wayne also thanked the local businesses which rallied round with donations of money and raffle prizes, including Steven Stewart Funeral Directors; Mark Simpson Plumbing; the Station Bar; the Blind Company; Mason Contracts; Rodgers Pet Shop; Cupar Hearts; Willie Grieve; the Central Cafe and Rosturk Care Home, which donated £100.

The mascots were-Harris Mitchell and Sam Alexander.