Love Island stars have teamed up for a celebrity football match to make Christmas special for sick children.

Brad McClelland, Callum Macleod and Josh Ritchie will be playing with TV personalities and sportsmen including George Best's son Calum and Only Way is Essex celebrities Dan Osborne and Jake Hall.

Charity football match for baby Matilda

Callum Macleod

The game is raising funds for a charity set up in memory of Matilda Cosgrove, who was tragically stillborn in June last year.

Her parents Mark, 41,  and Stacie, 33,  have vowed to buy presents for each of the 270 little ones who will spend Christmas in Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Charity football match for baby Matilda

Josh Ritchie

"We want to bring some joy and happiness through our sadness," said Mark, from Northwich.

"My wife is very passionate and driven and wants to make sure kids get something special from what we're doing."

Charity football match for baby Matilda

Mark and Stacie Cosgrove have pledged to donate presents to children in Alder Hey Hospital every Christmas and Easter

The couple donated festive gifts to young patients last year.

"Staff were amazed when we turned up with a van load," said Mark. "Nurses and came down with big trolleys to carry the presents inside.

Charity football match for baby Matilda

Jake Hall

"We can't thank people enough for their generosity.

"It's brilliant that that we have so many big names giving up their time to play for us."

Charity football match for baby Matilda

Dan Osborne

Easter eggs, chocolate and pens were also given to children in hospital earlier this year.

Emmerdale and Hollyoaks stars played a match in September and raised £800.

Charity football match for baby Matilda

Harry Pinero

Matilda's cousin Nancy Carter started the appeal when she was eight with a bike ride.

"We hope to raise a minimum of £5,000 a year," said Mark. "The amount of support we've had from family and friends has been amazing for our Christmas and Easter appeals."

The couple's next goal is to buy a £1,600 cold cot, a chilled Moses basket, to give grieving parents precious time to spend at home with their stillborn baby.

"Until you go through it, you don't realise it happens to so many people," said Mark.

Local businesses have been thanked for supporting players who will be taking on the celebrity team.

"A massive thank you to Vale Royal Carpet Cleaning who have sponsored the match," said Mark. "Without them this fixture wouldn't be going ahead."

Celebrities playing include Eastenders star Aaron Sidwell, actor and comedian Man Like Haks, Joe Sealey, son of Man Utd goalkeeper Les, Britain's Got Talent contestant Jeremy Lynch.

The match takes place at Witton Albion FC's home ground on Sunday, October 31.

Sellebrity Soccer UK kick off against Matilda Foundation UK at 3pm. Some VIP tickets to meet celebrities after the match are still available.

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