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Pixie Lott’s star-studded charity football match hailed a success

04 Apr Pixie Lott’s star-studded charity football match hailed a success

Stars from the worlds of music, screen, stage and sport united in the fight against dementia on Sunday afternoon at a charity football match for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The star-studded event in Kent between ex semi-professionals and celebrities was organised by singer Pixie Lott, her uncle Ricky Bennett and their family and friends.

Pixie scored twice to earn her celebrity side an 8-8 draw – celebrating her first strike with a cartwheel.

Joining Pixie in the celebrity line-up was her model fiance Oliver Cheshire, and The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge who played alongside her husband and ex-professional footballer Wayne Bridge.

Also taking to the pitch were tennis coach Judy Murray, comedian and presenter Matt Richardson, Downton Abbey’s Matt Barber, TV and YouTube star Luke Franks, and musician Hobbie Stuart.

The event raised over £3,700 for vital dementia research. The impressive total was helped by a raffle, with prizes including signed Leicester, Tottenham and England shirts by Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, a signed t-shirt from world number one tennis players Andy and Jamie Murray, and an evening for 15 at Mahiki Club in London’s Mayfair.

Pixie, who was fresh from performing her new single Baby on The Voice UK final the night before, said: “It’s been amazing, we’ve had so much fun. I haven’t played football since primary school and it’s been so good, everyone’s got stuck in, all my family, all my friends. It’s good to get everyone outside for a great cause.

“This is my first charity football match and it’s been perfect. It’s great to know it’s raised so much money for a charity that’s close to my heart.

Kenneth Foreman, Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said “We can’t thank Ricky and Pixie enough for holding this incredible event to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.