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Hundreds flock to the Eco-Power Stadium for charity match in aid of Rio Spurr

14 November 2022

Club News

Hundreds flock to the Eco-Power Stadium for charity match in aid of Rio Spurr

14 November 2022

Hundreds of football fans and celeb spotters descended on the Eco-Power Stadium for a charity match to raise much-needed funds for Rio Spurr.

The Sellebrity charity game brought together ex-pros and celebrities for a fundraising effort for Rio, the three-year-old son of former Rovers defender Tommy, who is receiving treatment for a rare form of kidney cancer.
 
Charity campaigners are seeking to raise £250,000 to ensure Rio has access to all possible care should treatment on the NHS not be successful. And the fund was boosted by efforts on Sunday.
 
The match saw Tommy joined by Rovers legends James Coppinger, Rob Jones, Chris Brown, Billy Paynter, David Cotterill and Martin Woods to lace-up their boots once again.
 
They played alongside celebrities such as Dan Osborne, Dean Gaffney, Ashley Taylor-Dawson and Paul Wood [Woody] and they were supported by the injured Tom Zanetti from the bench along with ex-Rovers manager Dean Saunders.
 
Tommy led Rio's All Stars against Coppinger's side, Rudy's Legends.
 
The game began with a tricky opening period, with Osborne breaking the deadlock after half an hour. But the goals flurried in from that point with the match finishing 7-2, fittingly, to Rio’s All Stars.
 
The trophy was presented at full-time to Tommy, Rio and their team.
 
Also in attendance at the game were committee members of the now-folded Balby Darts and Dominoes Charity League. Members opted to donate the league's remaining funds to Rio's appeal and presented the Spurr family with a cheque containing a substantial figure. 
 
If you would like to support Rio and hear more about his story - you can donate HERE.

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