Military guards football challenge boosts cancer charity

Big-hearted military security men have managed to raise over £600 for a cancer charity with the help of Scottish League side Elgin City this week.

The Provost Guard service laid a challenge to their colleagues at RAF Lossiemouth’s police section on Thursday with a football match at Borough Briggs – with the RAF men finishing second best in a tight 4-3 win.

But the real winners were Cancer Research UK – and that was enough to put a smile on the face of event organiser Corporal Bobby McDowall from RAF Lossiemouth, despite his being on the losing side.

Bobby said: “It was an exciting game for the spectators who turned out – although we were all aching from it afterwards! The match was played in good spirit and any late tackles were down more to fatigue than anything else.”

Cpl McDowall lost an aunt to cancer while the game charity was also one close to the heart of his team-mate Cpl Peter Swiercek who has survived testicular cancer. He said: “It was this time two years ago that I completed treatment.

“I’m grateful to Cancer Research UK for all they have done to help fight the disease.”

A spokesman for Elgin City FC said: “We were delighted to accommodate the football challenge at Borough Briggs and were pleased to note that it was successful in raising funding for Cancer Research UK.”