Celebrities and former footballers have paid tribute to Altrincham schoolboy Isaac Maley.
Over 4,000 people turned up at Altrincham Football Club to remember the 10-year-old who died from an asthma attack last year.
The ‘There’s only one Isaac Maley’ event on Sunday was raising money for Once Upon a Smile, a Manchester charity that helps families coping with bereavement and has supported Isaac’s family and friends after their tragic loss.
Among the celebrities who took part were former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson, ex-Manchester City striker Paul Dickov, X Factor star Jake Quickenden and Cel Spellmen from Radio 1.
First to play were the juniors, a match between Isaac’s team, Altrincham Tigers, and Bowdon Church of England Primary School, where he was a pupil.
Following the juniors, the celebrity team from Altrincham, sponsored by Cheadle finance provider Together and captained by Isaac’s dad Andrew, took on the Once Upon a Smile side, sponsored by JD Sports.
The first half may have been dominated by the OUAS players but Altrincham powered back to win 5-4.
Family friend Andrew Brannan, who helped organise the event, said: “The support we’ve received from the community has been phenomenal and to see such a great turnout today has been genuinely heart-warming.
“A host of local businesses have got involved, as well as sponsors JD Sports and Together.
“It’s a really special way for the family to celebrate Isaac’s life whilst also supporting Once Upon a Smile to help other bereaved families.”
Daniel Owen-Parr, national development director at Together, said: “It was such a special day and we’re really proud to have been a part of it. It was a privilege to be involved and was incredible to see the community come together to support such a worthy cause.”
Isaac’s dad Andrew said: “WOW…..!!!!!
“£34,000 and climbing raised from the charity match at Altrincham FC for ‘once upon a smile’.
“Everyone involved truly paid a fitting tribute to Isaac, he would be proud of us all. Thank you. There’s only one Isaac Maley”
There was entertainment for the whole family including a bouncy castle, stalls and a raffle.
For more details on the charity visit www.onceuponasmile.org.uk.