Charity football match

The organiser of a football match to raise funds for an injured Pinxton soldier has thanked the community for its support.

The game, supported by the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), took place at the Pinxton Miners’ Welfare Football Ground to raise cash to adapt the home of soldier Jack Hawksley, who was injured in Afghanistan earlier this year. Organiser Alan Cleaver said: thank you to people for their support.

The match was between Pinxton Village Youth and Heanor Town - and Pinxton won on penalties.

Organiser Alan Cleaver said: “It was a very good game - very entertaining. It was great football.”

Signed football kits from players in the area were donated and funds were raised through programme sponsorship.

The fundraising drive has so far raised around £6,000 - but anyone who wishes to donate either money or building materials is urged to get in touch.

A holiday to Newquay is set to be auctioned off at a presentation evening in November.

Alan said: “There were about 300 people there - it was really well supported by the community as a whole. Now the hard work starts with building this double extension.”

To donate send a cheque made payable to SSAFA Jack Hawksley Fund to Alan Cleaver, 2, Alfred Street, Pinxton NG16 6NQ or call 07971 739611.

l Pictured right is Jack Hawksley with members of the community.