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📝 Marcus Stewart launches MND Charity Match

6 February 2023

Club News

📝 Marcus Stewart launches MND Charity Match

6 February 2023

Former Grecian Marcus Stewart has launched a charity football match, raising money for the Darby Rimmer Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association at the Memorial Stadium of Bristol Rovers in May.

The fixture will take place on Saturday May 13, as South West Legends take on an all star eleven which will include the likes of Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Stephen Warnock and Women's Euro 2022 winner (and Queen of the Jungle) Jill Scott.

The South-West Legends XI include former City players Steve Tully, George Friend and Dean Moxey while ex-Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke, and former Grecians manager Paul Tisdale will be in charge of the two sides.

Team Stewart, which comprises of Marcus and his wife Louise, have already raised over £90,000 of their £100,000 target for the Darby Rimmer Foundation, part of the fundraising included a winter walk through London.

Marcus, who came through the Bristol Rovers academy, will be joined by a number of his former teammates and players he’s coached in the South West XI.

Speaking at the launch of the charty match last week, Marcus said:

"Those guys have seen it all and I’m pleased they’re all coming, I hope to have a good knees-up before and after and that’s what it’s all about; it’s a celebration if I’m honest with you.

"There is a bit of awareness, but this is a football celebration. There will be fans who want to see people they’ve never seen play in their life. Their dads might’ve told them about Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes, but they won’t know who they are, so this is a celebration and that is how I see it.

"In the meantime, we are going to raise some money for a good cause."

Part of the £90,000 raised so far was thanks to Exeter City's Boxing Day fundraiser, which was in support of the Darby Rimmer Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association, helping not only Marcus but also Community Trust employee Pete Eveleigh, who was sadly diagnosed late last year. 

The Darby Rimmer Foundation was launched by former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers player Stephen Darby and his close friend Chris Rimmer, a former British Forces Veteran, both of whom were diagnosed with MND. The aim of the charity is to raise awareness of the illness and to help to raise funds to facilitate research into it, with the aim of finding a cure.

Tickets for the match at the Memorial Stadium can be purchased here, with all monies raised going directly to the Darby Rimmer Foundation.

You can also donate to Team Stewart directly here.

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