Keen footballers raise thousands in North-east to help save lives at sea

A charity football match featuring supporters of both the Old Firm sides has raised thousand of pounds for North-east charities.

Fraserburgh’s now annual Old Firm game – which is organised in memory of local man James Sutherland after he lost his battle with cancer– has raised more than £4,000 for charities since 2015.

But the latest game, which took place in December, has now doubled that total by raising £4,784, which will be split between the RNLI and stem cell research.

Norman Reid, who helps organise the game, handed over the lifeboat’s cash this week.

Celtic won the cup this year on penalties after the match ended in a draw.

Lifeboat coxswain Victor Sutherland, who is also James’s cousin, said it was a “brilliant gesture” by both sets of supporters.

He added: “We’d like to thank all the Celtic and Rangers supporters and everyone who helped make the fundraiser such a success,”

“Our share of all the money raised goes to helping us save lives at sea.”