Charity Six-A-Side A Roaring Success

Aireborough Lions together with the Guiseley Community Foundation staged their fourth annual charity six-a-side tournament and raised £406 for local charities.

Staged on the 3G pitch at Nethermoor Park the event raised a total of £406 half of which was donated to Ilkley fundraiser Andy Sharpe taking him past the £22,000 mark as he heads towards his target of £25,000 for CILC Sargent – the cancer charity for children and young people – with the other half being donated to the Guiseley Lions who provide funds for local causes.

So far Andy, 29,has raised approximately £21,800 towards his target by competing in a number of marathons including London three times and the Edinburgh, Welsh (in support of MIND), Dublin and Belfast Marathons once each to complete his England, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales collection.

He and his team gained a Guinness Book of Records entry for the fastest five person costume in the 2017 London Marathon.

He has also competed in the Leeds Half-Marathon in 2016 inside an inflatable Mr Blobby costume and again in 2017 without costume.

Andy’s fundraising has also seen him complete a sky dive dressed as a Dalmatian dog, take the Ilkley to the Peak District Virtual Spin Bike Challenge and complete the 5K Great North Swim.

This amazing fundraiser has also organised an event in Ilkley Riverside Gardens, held a charity race night and auction, held carnival stalls, various themed charity nights and fancy dress bucket collections.

Andy plans to complete further fundraising events in 2017 including an Olympic Distance London Triathlon,The Great North Run in fancy dress and the Yorkshire Marathon.

All who participated in the tournaments played their games in a good spirit and a positive and friendly manner which in turn ensured that the event ran smoothly throughout the day.

After the tournament Andy Sharpe  commented “I would like to thank Guiseley Lions, particularly Peter Gable and his wife, and  the Guiseley Community Foundation, especially Phil Rogerson and Kinnon North, who cooked and served refreshments all day and the people who sold raffle tickets. Their efforts and commitments were a key tool to the success of the event.”

During the lunch break a group of Guiseley Under-14 players, who were too young to play in the tournament, contributed to the fund to play a game.

The tournament is split across the day with separate prizes for the AM and PM section winners and the images below show the winners and one of the runners up of the AM & PM events:

GAFC and Aireborough Lions would like to thank all of those who took part and we hope to see you all again for the 2018 Tournament!

Should you be considering entering  a team in 2018 please complete the Contact Form