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Once Upon a Smile

2 May 2013

Free admission for season-ticket holders

May, 3pm kick in association with Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, are to hold a fundraising match at Boundary Park on Saturday 4,Once Upon A Smile and Oldham Athletic AFC

The team, who play regularly in order to raise money for families who have lost a child or children who have lost a parent to a long term or terminal illness by providing financial assistance or respite breaks, will face an Oldham team that will be managed by Joe Royle and include Latics’ new manager Lee Johnson, chairman Simon Corney and former club legends such as Mike Milligan & Andy Ritchie.

The Once upon a Smile Celebrity XI includes a host of famous actors from soaps such as Eastenders, Shameless & Waterloo Road, including captain and Emmerdale star Danny Miller, along with a number of ex-professionals and other celebrities.

"It's going to be a great day and we're extremely grateful to Oldham Athletic for allowing us to stage the game and the help they have provided.''

"This year will see the game staged bigger and better and we are delighted that it will also benefit Dr Kershaw's Hospice. Last year was a narrow 4-3 win for the Latics, this year we're in it to win it.

s game proved a huge success and we were delighted with the response from the residents of Oldham to support such a worthwhile cause. ’ ''Last year:Daniel Jillings, Once Upon A Smile Co-Founder, said

"Once Upon a Smile and Dr Kershaw's are amazing charities and I expect this year’s event to be even more successful. We are really looking forward to getting the Latics Legends and OUAS celebrity XI back to Boundary Park and hope the local community will come out to support such great causes."

Latics Commercial Manager Jenny Warburton was overwhelmed by the success of last year’s game adding: “The charity event helped to raise a lot of money for the victims of the Shaw disaster. It was fantastic to see the town come together.

Debbie Edwards, Corporate and Community Fundraiser at Dr Kershaw’s, said: “Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is very excited to be involved in this amazing opportunity to, not only offer our supporters a fabulous day out, but to raise much needed funds to support patients and families of people suffering from life limiting illness in Oldham.

" The work that Once Upon a Smile do for young people and families affected by terminal illness is very close to our hearts and we are thankful to be working in partnership with them and indeed Oldham Athletic and their loyal fans whose support over the years for the hospice has been amazing."

"We know that many of our supporters are also huge Oldham Athletic fans and we urge everyone to gather their troops and make this a day to remember.

 For further updates on the line-up for the day, as well as some special events that will take place before the game (gates open from 2pm), please go to or visit the club website


0161 3580344 or Oldham Athletic AFC on 0161 785 5152 for your respective teams. Bids can also be emailed toFans are also being invited to bid for the chance to be involved in the game and co-manage one of the teams for the day. With all money raised going to these two fantastic charities, you will get the chance to give your favorite ex-players or celebrities their pre-match instructions and join them on the bench. To place your bid for this one-off opportunity, contact Once Upon A Smile on



April:thTickets will be priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for children & £10 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children), and can be bought from the following places from Wednesday 10


Once Upon a Smile reception, City View House, Union Street, Manchester


The Boundary Park ticket office, Furtherwood Road, Oldham

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice reception, Turf Lane, Royton

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice shop, Yorkshire Street, Oldham


Oldham Athletic season-ticket holders can attend this game free of charge by showing their season ticket booklet on the turnstiles where there will be collection buckets if they wish to make a donation.


If you have any questions regarding the forthcoming match at Boundary Park please contact Once upon a Smile (0161 3580344). There will also be a raffle and if you would like to donate please contact Jenny Warburton at Oldham Athletic (




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