Sporty members of staff from a local opticians raised £1,400 for a theatre group in a charity football match.

Teammates at Specsavers in Hamilton battled it out on the pitch to raise money for Ups and Downs – a group which gives children and young adults with Down’s syndrome the chance to take part in exciting drama activities.

The footie stars took to the field at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie on Sunday 5 March – and through ticket sales, mid-match games, raffles and donations, the game raised £1,400 for the cause.

A word from our store director

Store director Emma Foster said: ‘We have a lot of keen footballers in the store so we thought a charity game would be an ideal way to generate funds and raise awareness of the fantastic work Ups and Downs does across Lanarkshire.

Fantastic support

‘We were overwhelmed by the number of friends and family members from all over Lanarkshire who came out to support us on the day.

‘We’re so proud to have raised so much for the cause and we hope that it will help the young people involved in Ups and Downs to continue to follow their drama dreams.’

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