National Windscreens is delighted to have supported a charity football match staged in honour of Chesterfield football club legend Ernie Moss by providing sponsorship for the team shirts.
Ernie, now 66, who netted a record 162 goals for the team, has been diagnosed with Pick’s Disease, a rare form of dementia, but he was back at the ground to lead the sides out at the Proact Stadium for this charity match, flanked by his daughters Sarah Moss and Nikki Trueman.
A Chesterfield Legends side, managed by Neil Warnock and John Duncan, took on a team of celebrities representing the Once Upon a Smile charity which battles Pick’s disease.
Bob Pearson, regional director of National Windscreens, said: “Ernie is such a legend in the area that I was pleased to support the match by sponsoring the team shirts. I know Ernie personally and really wanted to help him and his family at this time so I am delighted to announce that more than £14,000 has now been raised.
“Nostalgia and memories are known to help people with dementia and I am delighted the match raised much-needed funds that will help to eradicate this terrible disease.”
Nikki said: “I would like to thank everyone, including National Windscreens, for making this such an unforgettable day. The most poignant moment for me was when we were in the tunnel. Dad was squeezing mine and my sister’s hand with our kids behind us plus both teams with 60 mascots, and the fans chanting his name.
“Dad had a fantastic time, he was smiling throughout and signing autographs, and we also raised a fantastic sum for the charity as well.”
Once Upon a Smile beat the Chesterfield Legends, who included former players Jack Lester, Andy Morris and Steve Ogrizovic, 6-4 but the real winners were everyone who supported the game.
Pictured top is Ernie Moss with his daughters Sarah and Nikki and below are some of the players taking part in the match, wearing the shirts sponsored by National Windscreens.