And Carluke’s Garry McLellan was able to do just that, thanks to one of his charity football teammates.
His friend knows Harry Young from Wishaw, who appeared on season 7 of the popular TV show Love Island.
And when he found out what Garry had planned for May 7 at Carluke’s John Cumming Stadium, Harry was happy to get involved.
This is the fifth time that Garry, who works in the Lidl store in Lanark, has organized a football match and a fun day to raise money for charity.
A colleague from his former workplace, Asda in Hamilton, helped the 33-year-old organize the other fundraisers. Now Garry has taken up the torch himself – with the help of his friend David Goodwin – and he’s moved the fun back to his hometown.
He said: “We have a busy day from noon to 4pm at the stadium which will start with the football match – a local derby between Carluke Utd and Lanark AFC. Although there is some rivalry between the towns, they are all local guys, so it will be a friendly match!
Spectators will be charged £1 for entry to the fun day.
Garry said: “There will be a bouncy castle for the kids, with face painting, gel painting and balloon making by Richard Nelson. Local DJ Andrew Paterson (DJ Patey) will provide the music, the kitchen will serve hot food and drinks and there will be booths from local producers and businesses.
“Thanks to one of my teammates at Carluke United, Harry Young will also be making a guest appearance.”
Garry hopes to raise over £1,500 for Beatson Cancer Charity from the event.
The fun will continue at the Carluke Bowling Club from 7 p.m. to midnight, when the trophy presentation takes place. A guest speaker from The Beatson will explain how the funds raised will help the charity, before DJ Richard Nelson takes the stage.
Tickets for this event cost £5 and must be purchased in advance from the club or via email [email protected]
Garry is now busy arranging the prizes for the evening auction and raffle.
He added: “Local businesses have been very generous, but I’d love to hear from others willing to donate prizes.”