Birmingham law firm staff no match for Villa Old Stars

Footballers and organisers of the charity match against the Aston Villa Old Stars organised by John O'Gorman

Footballers and organisers of the charity match against the Aston Villa Old Stars organised by John O’Gorman

Staff from the Birmingham office of law firm Shoosmiths were joined by the Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums when they took part in a charity football match against former Aston Villa players.

Real estate solicitor Adam Ezzat, head of debt recovery (receivables), Jason Morris, and legal cashier Ian Humphries formed part of a team made up of corporate sponsors who went head-to-head against the Aston Villa Old Stars.

The fixture was organised by John McGorman to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

It proved a competitive encounter but the Villa Old Stars showed experience counted when they triumphed 4-1.

Adam Ezzat said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the corporate squad at this charity match day. It is for such a great cause and we have had lots of fun. Motor neurone disease is a great cause, and this was a brilliant opportunity to provide support in raising awareness.’

The match took place at the Pavilion on Moor Lane, Birmingham, and was led by a parade by the Birmingham Irish Pipes & Drums. It also included live entertainment by Beatles tribute band Help!

A raffle of donated football memorabilia also raised funds on the day.

John McGorman said: ‘I would like to thank Shoosmiths for their support in raising funds and taking part in this match day and for helping us raise awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“There is currently no cure or medical treatment for the disease. Research supported by MNDA is making progress in identifying a mutation of a protein which accumulates in people living with the disease and it is hoped further progress will be made. It is vital to fundraise for this medical research.”

He added: “The event had a great turn out and was enjoyed by all who attended and participated. The amount of money raised currently stands at £5,720. I would like to thank everybody who attended and donated, and are still receiving donations through our website.’

Shoosmiths’ director of corporate responsibility Nicola Ellen said: “We recognised how much hard work was going in to organising this event and were delighted to be able to support John in raising money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.”

Donations can be made at:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=villavmnda&isTeam=true