Football match raises cash for orphanage

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A Ghanaian football star was on hand to support an event in Filey which raised funds for a orphanage in his home country.

The fundraising football match was played at Filey Secondary School in aid of Liberty Orphanage in Ghana.

The two teams were “Team Joseph” and “Team Prince”, which featured professional footballer Prince Amponsah, who plays for Berekum Arsenal.

Organisers are now in the process of setting up a local charity - The Love and Care Foundation - to continue the life-changing work in Ghana.

Paul Tymon, who helped organise the event, said: “Friends of ours and of the orphanage wanted to help raise money for this fantastic cause whilst having some fun.

“Players ranged from 16 to 57 and everyone paid to play with a penalty shoot-out at the end.

“There was some great players, especially Prince and there was a great team spirit.”

The football match was the second one this year, with around £535 raised so far.

This will go towards a pump for an open well which supplies the orphanage and school with water.

Paul explained that the link between people in Scarborough and Filey and the Ghanaian orphanage had come about following a visit by Scarborough woman Judy Erimhan, who travelled there to do volunteer work in 2009.

Judy has been raising cash to support the children ever since and has had great support locally.

She said: “The response has been brilliant. Lindhead and Gladstone Road schools have helped and Seamer School has just done a big collection of uniforms, which have been sent out.

“It’s great to see everyone coming forward to help.

“It’s just about getting the word out. If everybody helps a little bit, it can make a real difference.

“Without people’s help, these children just wouldn’t survive.”

Judy, who lives in the Old Town, said that she delighted that The Love and Care Foundation is now in the process of being set up and that supporters are in the process of planning more events.

She said: “It’s a massive help. We all need each other’s support.”

Anyone wishing to help can email Judy on judyerimhan@rocketmail.com You can sponsor a child for just £5 a month, which goes towards food and education.

You will receive regular updates about how the child is doing.