Plunky’s All Stars nears charity target

Steve Plunkett’s Plunky’s All Stars Football match is nearing its fundraising target of £17,000.

The event is raising money for Brain Tumour Research. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

The match takes place at the home of Peterborough United on 24 May and will be followed by a raffle and an auction of football memorabilia of items including a Celtic FC shirt signed by Paul Lambert and Mick McCarthy, an England shirt signed by ex-Liverpool player Sammy Lee and a shirt signed by Martin O’Neil, whose career included playing for Nottingham Forest when they won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980.

The charity is close to Plunkett’s heart after colleague Mike Yorke and friend Denise Branford were both diagnosed.

He said: “I’m amazed by how well Mike and Denise are doing. They’ve both shown such strength of character, Denise by continuing to teach fitness classes and Mike by hardly having a day off work throughout. Their stories highlight why it’s so important for us to be able to help fund vital research into brain tumours. They are both a real inspiration.”

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Steve’s annual Plunkys All Star Football Match is a fantastic event that has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes over the years. We feel honoured to have been chosen as the recipient of this year’s fundraiser, which has set an ambitious target but has already topped more than £11,000. We wish Mike and Denise all the best for the future and look forward to what we’re sure will be yet another very successful All Star fundraiser.”

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