Celebs to play in charity match

MEMBERS of the band Portishead are getting together to raise money for the town that gave them their world famous name.

Founder member of the band Geoff Barrow has joined forces with local organisation Kicking Out For Kids, which arranges celebrity sporting events to raise money for charities.

Together they are organising a charity football match in which Geoff and some of his celebrity friends, will play members of the veterans team at Portishead Football Club.

It is the first time a match like this has happened at the Bristol Road Club.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to Children’s Hospice South West, while profits from the bar and barbecue will raise money for the club.

Geoff said: “Portishead Football Club is incredibly important to the community and I hope the charity match raises awareness that it exists among new people in the town, as well as raising money for the children’s hospice. If it goes well we hope to make it an annual event.”

In addition to the Portishead band members, celebrities already signed up for the match include drum and bass star Roni Size, Daddy G from Massive Attack, Heartbeat and Casualty actors Johnny Kerrigan and Vincenzo Pellegrino and former Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope.

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Many more famous faces from across the West are expected to take to the pitch on the day.

Portishead Football Club chairman John Shaddick said: “It will be great to see so many well-known personalities from across the West playing on our pitch and I know our veterans team is training hard to make sure we give them a run for their money.”

The event takes place on September 4 with kick off at 2.30pm. Admission is �2 at the gate, but organisers say they hope people will give more voluntarily.

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