Fionn’s footy fundraiser

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Teenager Fionn Cook has kicked off a new tradition on Lismore raising more than £1,000 for the Scottish Air Ambulance.

The 14-year-old Oban High School pupil pitched an idea for a friendly Boxing Day football match on the island and then reorganised a re-match on New year’s Day for those who could not make the first game.

Fionn’s charity football match on Lismore in aid of the Scottish Air Ambulance

His mum Laura Cook and sister Katie, 17, helped organise a raffle to boost funds even more.

The total so far is £1, 168.49 bumped up by donations from people on and off the island, and from the collection taken at the church’s Christmas Eve service.

Fionn chose the air ambulance charity because it regularly comes to the rescue of people on the island needing medical treatment – including his younger sister Isabella when she badly broke her leg and had to be airlifted to hospital in Glasgow.

Both of the festive football matches attracted a good crowd of players and spectators, the first game was played on the school pitch with the headteacher’s approval and the second game went ahead in a farmer’s field also with permission.

Katie said: ‘It was all Fionn’s idea to start off a new tradition that would be outside and bring people together to have fun – as well as make money for a charity.’