Blackpool FC players past and present have thrown their support behind a campaign to raise awareness about brain tumours in children.
HedzUp has been launched by Bispham mum Suzanne Clague to try and raise awareness of brain illness in youngsters as well as raising money for the neurosurgery and oncology units at Alder Hey Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, Liverpool.
Later this month there will be a charity football match between celebrities from soaps including Emmerdale and Hollyoaks and Blackpool FC legends to raise cash.
And to support the event, Suzanne and her son Louis Crowson, who himself had surgery on masses growing on his brain last year, met with Seasiders legend Jimmy Armfield and several of the current players.
They all donned specially made HedzUp hats to support the campaign and wore them when they met Louis, 10, who has neurofibromatosis type one (NF-1), which affects the gene that divides cells in the body.
Suzanne, who is an ambassador for the HeadSmart brain tumour campaign, said: “The plans for the match are coming along really well and it’s so nice to have such great support from Blackpool FC.
“We will be doing a dove release at the start of the match, when Louis and some children who have had treatment for brain tumours will be releasing the birds in memory of all those children lost to this devastating illness and those going through treatment at the moment.
“We’re also planning a minute’s silence, which we know will be very moving but it’s important people understand why we are doing this.”
The match is being held at Bloomfield Road on Sunday, May 25.
The gates will open at 12.30pm, and there are plans to have Ronald McDonald there to entertain the crowd before kick-off at 2pm.
At half time a raffle will be held, for which tickets are available from the Swift Hound Pub, on Rigby Road, as well as via the HedzUp pages on Facebook and Twitter.
And to help boost ticket sales and get people in the mood for the charity match, a special VIP Champagne reception with the celebrities is being held at the Swift Hound.
Tickets are £30, available now, and include a hot buffet.
For match tickets and entry to the VIP night, and for more information on HedzUp, visit www.hedzup.org.uk