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Friends rally round to organise charity football event – paying tribute to a great marra

Glen Sanderson Charity Football Tournament[F]riends of Cockermouth man, Glen Sanderson are hosting a Charity Football Tournament and Family Fun Day paying tribute to a great friend, his love of football whilst raising money for the worthy cause close to his heart.

Glen, aged 31, disappeared whilst swimming in the sea on holiday in Sydney, Australia in October 2015. He spent his working career as a Carer for adults with autism.

The Charity Family Fun Day will take place at 2pm on Sunday the 28th of August at Cockermouth Rugby Club and will comprise of a 6-a-side football tournament, barbecue, bar, music, children’s activities and live entertainment. All proceeds raised on the day will go to the National Autistic Society (Charity ref.  593173).

There will be an auction of sports memorabilia, including signed Carlisle United shirt and cricket shirt from Ben Stokes along with a raffle to win kind donations made by the following local businesses: Armathwaite Hall Spa, Cloud 9, Samantha Jayne Hair, Lifestyles Gym, Shills, The Swan and Samantha Broadley Photography.

Steven Birtwistle, one of Glen’s close friends who has helped pull the event together said, “Glen’s job was something he cared hugely about, going the extra mile to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people in his care. Since his tragic disappearance, we have been taken aback by the amount of stories proving his commitment and loyalty to people with autism. This event is an opportunity for us to continue to support a great cause which he cared so deeply about.”

For more information, to support or enter a football team please visit the Facebook event page ‘Year of the Glen Ra’.

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