Football team thank sponsors

AN ELLON man who plans to take part in a football charity tournament for the NSPCC has thanked those who donated at the team’s recent fundraising efforts at Ellon Tesco.

Michael Topp - with teammates Jonathan McGillivray, Matthew Pratt, Ross Moir, Danny Braidwood and Stu Brown - raised over £300 with a ‘Guess what country I live in meerkat teddy bear’ competition on Saturday April 30 at the supermarket.

The team aim to raise more money by participating in a giant NSPCC World 5-a-side football tournament in Glasgow, and are seeking sponsorship, having competed successfully in previous events.

He said: “Having taken part in four previous tournaments - twice in 2006, 2008 and 2010 - we are back to defend our title from last year as the best fundraising team, after we generated £2548.07.

“The money we raise by taking part in the World Footie will help the NSPCC’s ChildLine Service for Scotland to be a step closer to answering every child’s cry for help. All money raised in Scotland stays in Scotland, and goes towards supporting the ChildLine services in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.”

Speaking to the Times, mum Sandra said: “The lads did really well - their total for this year currently stands at £1050.56, and they’ve raised just under £5000 for the charity since 2006.”

The team can be supported through their justiving page at