Bristol

Portishead band members to raise money for football club

Members of the band Portishead are to raise money for the town that gave them their name.

Founder member Geoff Barrow, who grew up in Portishead, has organised a charity football match.

The musician, his band members and some fellow celebrities will play members of the veterans team at Portishead Football Club.

The game, taking place on 4 September, will raise money for the club which is struggling financially.

It has faced financial difficulties since it was broken into a few years ago and thousands of pounds were stolen.

Barrow said: "A local football club like Portishead is incredibly important to the community. Like many local sports or social clubs they are rarely properly funded and have to rely on a group of devoted volunteers.

"This is my chance to do something for the town."

The match is a collaboration with local organisation Kicking Out for Kids which arranges celebrity sporting events to raise funds for charities.

Funds raised at the match will also go to the Children's Hospice South West at Wraxall.

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