Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice supporters beat Aston Villa Lions and Legends at the 4th attempt

Kieran Lavin (right) handing over a cheque to St Mary’s Hospice

Kieran Lavin (right) handing over a cheque to St Mary’s Hospice

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice supporters once again took on the Aston Villa Lions and Legends in support of the Hospice, in memory of their friend Michael Cuddy.
For the past three years, a variety of former Villa players have managed to deny victory to the Hospice team, which is made up of friends of Kings Norton charity supporter Kieran Lavin.
However at the 4th attempt the Hospice supporters managed to finally beat the Lions and Legends team with a thrilling 4-2 victory!
This year’s match was once again in support of the Selly Park-based Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and the event itself was kindly sponsored by local family business L.Healy Ltd. Monies were raised from sponsorship of the players, games and stalls on match day and a raffle. In total the amount raised was an incredible £2,767.22.
The event is the work of Kieran Lavin, his family and friends and was well supported by over 300 locals.
Kieran said: “This charity match has gone from strength to strength over the years and it is great to see everyone enjoying themselves and raising another great amount of money for the Hospice.
“I would just like to say a massive thank you to our match sponsor, L.Healy Ltd. They have personally supported this event, amongst many other charity events they have kindly supported over the years. Without their support and the support of other local companies we wouldn’t be able to organise this important event.”
Community Fundraising Manager, Hamish Shilliday said: “The people involved in the Michael Cuddy Memorial Trophy really are fantastic individuals and a charity couldn’t wish for a better set of supporters.
“Kieran, his family and friends put a lot of effort into making sure the whole day is a fun experience for everyone and the amount of money they raise each year is just so important to the Hospice and supporting the care we provide to the people of Birmingham and Sandwell living with a terminal illness.
“This year was even better with the Hospice supporters finally beating the Aston Villa Lions and Legends which topped off another great day of fundraising and we can’t wait for the 5th annual Michael Cuddy Memorial match next year!”
The Michael Cuddy Memorial Trophy match is organised in support of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and in-memory of Michael Cuddy, a player in the first charity football match in 2010.
The funds raised are used to support the work of the doctors, nurses and counsellors at the Hospice who provide care and support 24/7, free of charge to over 1,000 individuals and families who are living with a terminal illness. It costs £913 an hour to fund the entire Hospice service and around £8 million a year and so the support of local people is vital to continuing our care.