Game for Geordie nets thousands of pounds

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Thousands of pounds have been handed over to Oban’s Macmillan Day Bed Unit in memory of  life-long Celtic supporter Geordie McGhee.

Mr McGhee’s family and organisers of a friendly Celtic vs Rangers supporters match that raised £9,000 visited Lorn and Islands Hospital on Friday to present the cheque.

Geordie McGhee was a life-long Celtic supporter much loved and missed by family and friends
Game for Geordie – the Rangers team.
Game for Geordie – the Celtic team who won the match 3-2.

The 64-year-old who died on June 15 this year was a stalwart of Oban No.1 Celtic Supporters Club.

Club President John MacInnes said fundraisers were ‘blown away’ by the town’s generosity.

And it is that strong community spirit that could boost Oban’s success of being granted city status next year  as part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

Oban is a strong contender to become one of the UK’s smallest but friendliest cities and that is one of the reasons why Argyll and Bute selected the town for its city bid.

The Game for Geordie match at Mossfield on October 17 attracted hundreds of spectators said Mr MacInnes who added: ‘It doesn’t matter which  team you support. When you are faced with cancer, it doesn’t discriminate. It takes no sides.

Organisers had hoped for a goal of one or two thousands pounds but the final total topped their expectations.

‘We were all completely blown away by people’s generosity but this is Oban so we shouldn’t have been surprised,’ said Mr MacInnes.

The match was organised by Neil Beaton of Oban No.1 Celtic Supporters Club and Gareth Evans from Oban Loyal Rangers Supporters Club.

In the end Celtic won  3-2 but it was a close finish and was played in ‘a sporting manner,’ said Mr MacInnes.

Wynne Butchers provided hot pies and sausage rolls and the game was followed by a raffle and charity auction of signed Celtic and Rangers tops and memorabilia at The View on Oban’s George Street, who sponsored the event. Neil Armour was the auctioneer.

Funds raised will help make the day bed unit more relaxing and comfortable for patients, said unit manager Donna MacKenzie who received the cheque.

Geordie’s widow Katie said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s generosity and praised hospital staff for their kindness and care.

‘He was nervous the first time he came to the day bed unit and wanted me to come with him but within half an hour of meeting the nurses he was happy to send me packing. I can’t thank them enough for the kindness and care they showed not just to Geordie but to our family as well. They go above and beyond,’ she said.