Charity fundraiser in Bervie on Saturday

A CHARITY football match in memory of a local teenager will take place in Inverbervie this weekend, but those not “in the know” might be hard pushed to tell whether they are watching men’s or ladies football!

A team of Bervie Caley players, as well as a team of brave volunteers will play the match at the Haughs on Saturday afternoon, but only once they have had their legs waxed and dressed up as women for the occasion.

The football match, which takes place annually, has been organised by the Queens Arms Hotel to raise funds for Asthma Research.

Katrina Bennet told us that they had chosen the charity in memory of Bervie teenager Leanne McLean, who died aged 19 following an asthma attack while she was on holiday in Turkey. Her friends and family organised a charity cycle last year to mark the tenth anniversary of her death, and over £7,000 was raised as a result. Leanne’s mother is passionate about fundraising for the cause and has been tirelessly fundraising for research into asthma since her daughter’s death.

Katrina said: “Every year we try to choose a charity that means something special to somebody local. It’s good to give something back to our own community.”

Last year’s event raised an impressive £5,500, but Katrina said that a target has not been set for this year’s total. She added: “We never have an aim for a certain amount because whatever we manage to raise is great.”

As well as the football, which kicks off at 2.30pm, several of the players will be getting their legs waxed publicly prior to the game. Juice and sandwiches will be available for spectators during the match for a donation. The game will be followed by a barbeque at the Queen’s Arms, as well as a raffle and a disco in the evening.

A piece of signed McFly memoribilia will also be auctioned off on Saturday to the highest bidder, and people can start putting their bids in any time by contacting Katrina at the Queen’s Arms.

Katrina said: “Anybody who wants to donate anything for our raffle is welcome to do so and it would be much appreciated.”