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Ellesmere Port Remembers the 96 group nominated in Your Champions

Latest annual event raises more than £5,000 for good causes

Members of The Ellesmere Port Remembers the 96 Committee with representatives of the charities who benefited from the funds they have raised

Fundraising by an Ellesmere Port group which is determined the 96 should be remembered has been nominated in Your Champions.

More than £5,000 was raised for local good causes as a result of this year’s annual fundraiser which was again organised to pay tribute to those lost in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

The Ellesmere Port Remembers the 96 event at Whitby Sports and Social Club featured a range of fundraising activities and entertainment.

Ellesmere Port fundraisers remember the Hillsborough 96

Among them was a charity football match between the 96 team from Ellesmere Port and a team from Blantyre Celtic who travelled all the way down from Glasgow for the match.

The game ended in a 3-1 victory to the 96.

A huge number of businesses showed their support for the event as well as local musicians and Kirby’s Disco.

Ellesmere Port stages fundraiser to remember the Hillsborough 96

The 1989 stadium tragedy claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool FC supporters, including locally those of Christopher Edwards, 29, James Delaney, 19 and James Hennessy, 29.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “The Edwards, Delaney and Hennessy families and the committee of Ellesmere Port Remembers the 96 would like to thank everyone who turned up on the day and night to make our event the great success that it was.

“This year’s fundraising events by the local Ellesmere Port Remembers the 96 committee raised a total of £5,079.88, and this was distributed between local charities.

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“The charities chosen this year were Endeavour Social Hub, Women’s Housing Action Group, Macmillan Nurses and Lacey Mae Fletcher.”

Organisers of the event said they were grateful to the committee of Ellesmere Port Remembers the 96 ‘which has raised a lot of money for local charities’ along with other individuals and Whitby Sports and Social Club for their continued support over the last three years.

Twelve months ago the event raised money for the Friends of Ellesmere Port Network, Shine, Wirral Community Police Boxing Club, which was then facing closure, the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Kidney Research.

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