Temp-Team, which has head quarters in Gateshead, is sponsoring the football match, which takes place on 25th May, in support of local PE teacher Mark Taylor, who suffers from the terminal disease.
David Milner, area manager at Temp-Team and organiser Andrew Hay chose the charity in support of their close friend Mark, who was an aspiring semi-professional footballer for Whitley Bay FC, and who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2009.
Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to the charity game on the bank holiday Sunday, aptly named “United for Mark” which has already raised nearly £4,000 through Temp-Team’s social media campaign and a previous football match in August, 2013.
David said: “To see how much effort people have put in to organising this match and other events should show Mark how highly we all think of him. It’s been terrific to have had such a great start to the fundraising.
“People in the North East have a reputation for looking out for their own, and if past experience is anything to go by then we’re very confident we will exceed our £4,500 limit.”
Temp-Team has produced 16 full Adidas kits, specially branded with “Taylor” on the back, which have been sold to the two teams, Friends XI and Whitley Bay FC.
David added: “All the players know Mark very well, and they have all bought a full kit so proceeds will go to the Newcastle healthcare charity.”
Vital funds will go to the MND Care Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, which offers specialist diagnostic and disease management services to patients with MND and their carers.
Motor Neurone Disease stops muscle activity, including gripping, walking, speaking, swallowing and breathing and is currently without cure.
Mark Taylor, who is currently a patient at the Royal Victoria Infirmary MND Centre said: “It makes me feel very proud and lucky to have so many people supporting me through what has been a very difficult time for me and my family.
“The RVI is the central hub for all services from treatment to counselling in the North East. The money raised will help provide specialist equipment and support services for people with MND.”
He added: “Everything that has ever helped me with my condition has come through there.”
Kick off will be at 10am at Gardner Park hosted by North Shields FC which is also fundraising for MND in support of Tommy Orrick, former player and fellow sufferer.
If you wish to donate to the Royal Victoria Infirmary or would like more information, please visit Andy’s JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/RVIfootballfundraiser
For more information about the Royal Victoria Infirmary, please visit: http://www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/services/neurosciences_specialist_motor-neurone-disease-mnd.aspx