By Kieran Muir
A group of Renfrewshire friends will play a charity football match on Saturday (Dec 10) in memory of two boys who tragically lost their lives at an early age.
Fraser McClure and Ruari MacLeod will be remembered when teams of their friends play each other at Gryffe High School with a 3pm kick-off.
The match will consist of a team of Fraser’s close friends playing a team of Ruari’s close friends and each player will make a donation to play which will to help raise additional funds.
Donations will also be accepted on the day and other fundraising will be football cards, with the money raised going to the charity of the families’ choice: PETAL and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The game’s organiser, Craig Gamble, said the match has already raised a lot of interest adding: “I have been absolutely taken a back by the reaction the game has had.
“Coming from Bridge Of Weir, everyone knows everyone so the support has been fantastic. It is a really close-knit community and people are just so keen to show their support for Fraser and Ruari.
“We created a Facebook page to make as many people as aware of the game as possible and we got 100 people in the first ten minutes. It’s unbelievable how people have shown their support for the two boys but in a way I’m not surprised.”
The game will mark the 10th anniversary of Fraser’s death, who was 12 when he died, and one year since Ruari’s tragic death at 19 and Craig said it felt right to do something special this year.
He added: “The families wanted to mark the anniversary of the two boys’ passing. Every year we always do something, whether it’s a meal with Fraser’s mum and with Ruari passing away a year ago, we wanted to do something special in their memory.
“We put the idea to the parents and left it to them to decide which charities they wanted the money to go to and PETAL and the Teenage Cancer Trust are the ones that they chose.
“I know it will mean a lot to the families. It will be great for them to see a huge turnout for Fraser and Ruari and to receive the support from everyone. We are planning on making the memorial game a yearly occurrence. It is always going to be a difficult time of the year for them but hopefully this can go some way to helping them cope.”
Gates for the game will open at 2pm and people who wish to attend are being urged to be there at least 15 minutes before the match begins.