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George Friend to host football question-and-answer session

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

Middlesbrough footballer George Friend is a strong supporter of North Devon Hospice

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George Friend will return to his North Devon roots this evening to host a question-and-answer session.

The event at Barnstaple Town’s Mill Road is a fundraiser for North Devon Hospice, which Friend has supported for many years.

Friend, the 26-year-old defender from Chittlehampton, has won the supporters’ and players’ player of the year awards at Middlesbrough this season as well as the community player of the year award.

Ali Hunt, head of fundraising at North Devon Hospice, said: “It is lovely of George to offer his support to the charity again and it shows how down to earth he is despite being a highly-successful footballer. It will be a fantastic opportunity for local people to gain an insight into the life of a pro, while youngsters can get some invaluable tips on how they can follow in George’s footsteps.

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“Donations to the hospice will be received on the door, while we are also going to be holding a raffle for a signed football shirt that George is kindly donating.

“All money raised on the night will help us provide care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

“George knows all about the work of the hospice because his mum, Christa, works in our Supportive Care team. So he knows exactly how vital our support is to local people and wants to do what he can to help out.

“We are very grateful to George and hope plenty of local football fans come along on Tuesday because it will be a rare chance to glimpse into the real life of a professional footballer who was born right here in Barnstaple.”

Today's event will begin at 6pm. For more information call Ali Hunt on 01271 347206.

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