Limavady football stars score success at charity match

Neil Mullan from Limavady, with Ken Lowry, addresses those who participated in the charity football match.
Neil Mullan from Limavady, with Ken Lowry, addresses those who participated in the charity football match.

Two Limavady men known for their footballing talents teamed up to score the support of local players to raise thousands for a charity close to their hearts.

Former Limavady United manager Neil Mullan and former referee, Ken Lowry attracted current and ex-Irish League stars for the charity match for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan are like your family. They understand what you’re going through, and it’s good to be able to talk to people like that

Neil Mullan.

Both Neil and Ken have overcome illness and wanted to give something back to the charity that helped them.

Ken, 58, has come through a rare form of cancer and says, overall, he’s doing extremely well these days.

“This is a cancer charity that is very close to Neil and myself and it was great to see the football players of the past along side those of today showing their skills at the football tournament,” said Ken, who explained £2,300 was raised from the day.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of organising such events. Charities cannot survive without the support. We had a lot of fun and laughter whilst raising money for such a serious cause.

Neil Mullan was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia three years ago. Seven weeks ago he was given the all clear. While still on medication, Neil says “things are looking really good”.

“When I was diagnosed, as Ken says, it’s like a bombshell and I wanted to give something back to Macmillan,” said Neil. “Macmillan are like your family. They understand what you’re going through, and it’s good to be able to talk to people like that.”

Ken thanked everyone who participated.

“Neil was the star in organising the whole event along with his sister, Donna, and other family members,” said Ken. “Neil, we as a family, will always be grateful for the effort and energy you put in to make the day a terrific success. There were loads of people who couldn’t attend, however, sent or pledged donations, which will go to helping people and families touched by this horrible disease. Thank you for one of the most memorable days. We, as a family, will be forever grateful for the support shown.”

Both Ken and Neil thanked the Newtown Bar in Limavady for the evening’s entertainment, and the businesses that donated prizes.