Annual Lee Mairs Football Tournament raises £1,500 for charity

Lee Mairs Football Tournament
Winners Onsiac with Lee's parents Joanne and Darren

The sixth annual Lee Mairs Football Tournament has raised £1,500 to be split between two charities – Stroke Information in Stockport and Barnabus in Manchester.

The event is held each year in memory of Lee Mairs, from Bredbury in Stockport, who died on a stag weekend in Tenerife in June 2012.

Alongside several fundraising events that were arranged to raise funds to help bring Lee’s body home, and to help with the funeral arrangements, the first tournament was held at Cheadle Town FC.

This year, Onisac won the event held at Stockport Rugby Club in Bramhall.

Family friend Phil Brennan said: “The local community very quickly came together in support of Lee’s family in 2012 and after a week of very heavy rain the sun came out as the four-team 11-a-side tournament started.

“Local actor Danny Miller and his team, made up of fellow actors and celebrities, played against The Travellers Call in the final which was fittingly won by our local pub.

“The following two years saw the tournament take on a new format to become a 24-team five-a-side competition, with AC Mill Lane beating Cherry Tree in the final both times.

“The last three years have seen us play at Headlands Road, the home of Stockport Rugby Club, when we have seen Sheffield Thursday, BFS and Onisac add their names to the trophy.

“This year was easily the best standard of football we have witnessed – every year we have seen teams taking the chance to add their name to the trophy more seriously.

“Once again, the public turned out in force, both at the tournament itself and later at The Queens in Bredbury when the prize raffle was held, adding to the funds already raised for our chosen charities for this year.

“Each year we have raised funds for worthwhile causes and this year is no different as we look to support both the Stroke Information and Barnabus charities.

“The total raised will be available once we have collected all monies and the proceeds will be split equally between the two charities.”

Last year’s event raised £2,000 for The Wellspring homeless charity in Stockport.

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