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MP plays in charity match for National Autistic Society

Posted onPosted on 12th Mar

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley played in a charity football match in Forest Town to help raise funds for charity.

The Frenbot match was organised by Mansfield residents Craig French and Russell Talbot in aid of The National Autistic Society.

So far, the event has raised more than £3,000 from ticket sales, raffles and auctions on the day.

Discussing the MP’s involvement in the match at Forest Town Arena, they said: “It was good having Ben there playing with us.

“He just got stuck in and was one of the lads. When he said he would play for us a few months ago, he didn’t back out — and he didn’t back down on the pitch either.”

Ben said: “There were a lot of people supporting the match and it was a good, positive atmosphere.

“It was good to get my boots back on, get out on the pitch and get stuck in to the game.
Craig said they were “just two local lads trying to make a bit of a difference.”

“We couldn’t have done it without the support that we received from local people, local companies and Ben Bradley,” he said.

“We were shocked by the amount of support we got, but it made the day go well.”
Russell said they were already planning next year’s match.

“We want to do it bigger and better, so if anyone has any ideas about what we should do then let us know,” he said.

The Frenbot charity football match has a JustGiving page, where donations can be made, go to