Leeds United fundraisers take to the pitch for little Besty

Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan, right with Chip and Ales organiser Glenn Miller, take part in charity football match
Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan, right with Chip and Ales organiser Glenn Miller, take part in charity football match
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Former Leeds United stars Terry Yorath and Noel Whelan headed to Morley on Sunday to lend their support to a charity football match for a poorly little girl.

Betsy Kay, who turned two on the day, has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a condition that means she has a thickened heart muscle and high amounts of acid in her blood, and is in need of a new heart.

Mr Whelan took part in the game at the Bruntcliffe Academy for the team led by Betsy’s dad Paddy.

And Mr Yorath, who is Betsy’s great uncle, presented the man-of-the-match award after the game.

Paddy’s side won the game 4-2 against the Chip and Ales, a group of friends committed to raising awareness and funds for Betsy`s condition. More than £1,250 is believed to have been raised on the day.

Mr Whelan said: “It is good fun. It’s not very often I put my boots on anymore. I’ve not played a match for quite a long time now but it’s for a great cause. I could have had a hat-trick – I think the keeper has had the game of his life out there.

“It was a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping, but it’s all about enjoying the day and raising some money for this brave little girl.”

Mr Yorath said: “It is a great cause. I’ve been to a few events that have raised money for Betsy and its sad to see children with a problem of any kind. But hopefully things will turn out all right for her and I’m happy to do anything I can to help.”

Glenn Miller, who played for Chip and Ales, helped organise the event with best mates Gary and Jock.

Mr Miller said: “The lads have turned out and given their best.

“Its brilliant to get Noel and Terry here and for them to give up part of their Mother’s Day for us to come and help support such a good cause.

“We had more than 75 raffle prizes and Noel has arranged a signed Leeds shirt from all their players, and two match tickets, which we auctioned off as well.”

Betsy’s mum Kim Nicholson added: “We’re really pleased. It’s not the first event the lads from Chip and Ales have done for us but we’re really humbled by the whole thing, it’s marvellous.”

Chip and Ales thanked everyone who helped or made a donation and also thanked Jodie, Sarah and Jean for providing the refreshments, ticket sales and raffle.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/betsysfund

The crowd at the charity football match

The crowd at the charity football match