Footballing staff from Leek United kick off against a team from The Donna Louise at Stoke City FC’s bet365 Stadium this week as part of a fundraising goal for the North Staffordshire charity.

The ‘friendly’ on Sunday 19 May is just one of a series of events that Leek United staff are planning throughout this year to help The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People* in Stoke-on-Trent.

It’s a return match for the two sides, who first met 12 months ago when Leek United ended the game with a 3-0 victory.

Dan Berrisford, the Society’s Business Development Manager – who helped to organise the match – said: “It’ll definitely be a tough game this year, with The Donna Louise side out for revenge, but we’ve had a fresh intake of staff since 2018 and there is some new talent in the Leek United squad.

“It should be a great day’s entertainment, and we’d love as many colleagues, friends and family as possible to turn out and support both teams.”

Players themselves will get the fundraising off to a good start by paying £5 each to take part, while tickets on the gate are £3 for adults, £1 for children.

Chris Belyavin, Relationship Manager at The Donna Louise, added: “We’re delighted to be returning to the bet365 stadium for the rematch! It was a great success last time and we’re so grateful to Leek United for putting this event on to support The Donna Louise.

“Huge thanks also to Howdens who’ve sponsored The Donna Louise team, meaning more of the money raised will go straight towards supporting the families who rely on our services.”

Gates at the bet365 stadium open at 1.30pm on 19 May, with the match kick-off at 2.30pm.