In 2017, Miles For Men challenged the celebrity filled Once Upon A Smile Charity football team to a match at the home of Hartlepool United's Victoria Park Ground. The fundraising event was the brainchild of local business men, Rob Collier and John Wood MBE of Advanced Retail Solutions Ltd, official patrons of Miles For Men, designed to generate vital funds as part of a fun filled family day out.
Once Upon A Smile was founded in 2011 by Daniel Jillings and Danny Miller to provide emotional and practical support to bereaved families. The Celebrity team featured TV personalities including X factor star Jake Quickenden, former Hollyoaks star Ben Ryan Davies and star Michael Warrender from Emmerdale. They were up against some stiff competition from Miles For Men, with many of the players having been for league trials or played for professional clubs, including Hartlepool United, West Ham and Spurs.
The Celebrity Football match was an exciting clash and a cracking day out, but most importantly it raised vital funds which were split equally between the Miles For Men charity and the Once Upon A Smile charity.
Thank you to all those that attended and supported this amazing event for two amazing causes.