Football rivals join forces to boost Special Olympics

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Sheffield’s two football rivals have united to raise cash for the Special Olympics.

Former Sheffield United player Curtis Woodhouse and Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst helped Owlerton Greyhound Stadium raise more than £2,000 at an event held in aid of the Special Olympics Great Britain National Games, which is coming to Sheffield, August 7-12.

At the fundraising event, which was attended by more than 100 people, Curtis and David shared stories about their careers and answered questions from the audience.

An auction was also held, with all proceeds going to the chosen cause.

Comedian Jimmy Carroll put on a special performance and there was also a magician.

Last year, Owlerton became a Games Friend of the Special Olympics and pledged to support the event in its run up.

The stadium is also organising its annual Ladies Day event in aid of the Special Olympics National Games.

John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “We are delighted to be a games Friend and are committed to raising £10,000 towards the Special Olympics and are really pleased to have raised such a fantastic amount.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Curtis and David, as well as everyone who came to support us, for making it such a great evening. “

We’re looking forward to continuing our support of the Special Olympics in the run- up to the event in August.”

Held every four years, the flagship Special Olympics GB National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with learning disabilities.

Last week motorbike legend turned rock singer James Toseland releaed the Special Olympics GB National Anthem, We’ll Stop at Nothing.