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All smiles for Once Upon A Smile

5 August 2014

The friendly fixture against Fenerbahçe last week provided an opportunity for Sheffield United to present a cheque for £3,000 to the charity Once Upon A Smile.


Jose Baxter and Dave McCarthy were on hand to make the cheque presentation to Daniel Jillings of the Charity and Luke Roskell of the TV soap Emmerdale.


Once Upon A Smile was founded in 2011 and provides support to parents that have lost a partner or child, or children that have lost a parent or sibling. Support is by way of financial assistance, respite breaks and Children's Bereavement Support Group. All the support offered is tailored to the needs of each individual family.


The money was raised through a charity football game back in May between a Blades Legends XI and a Celebrity XI with Once Upon A Smile and Prostate Cancer UK being the beneficiaries.


Daniel Jillings commented: "We would like to say a huge thank you to all at Sheffield United FC for allowing us and supporting us in putting on a fantastic charity football match, not to mention thanking all the people that attended to make it such a memorable day.


"The game was a truly brilliant day. The sun was shining and the Sheffield United Legends team was one that brought on nerves to the Celebrities just by warming up. The game was played in a great sporting manner, but was also competitive with both the legends and the celebrities wanting to win."


The game had ended in a 0-0 result despite referee Howard Webb awarding an 89th minute penalty to the Legends. The Celebrities went on to win the penalty shoot-out and celebrated by comically chasing the World Cup referee off the pitch in protest of his 89th penalty decision.


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