AN annual football match has raised thousands of pounds for the Tom Parsons Memorial Fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

The Perm Cup, which won the charity of the year title at the Pride of Malton & Norton Award, is held each year at the Gannock in Old Malton.

James Milson, who organises the match with friend Paul Holder, known as Perm, said they always supported charities which helped local people.

He said: “It has become such an institution for people between Christmas and New Year and as usual we had some great support from players and spectators.

“This year we chose to support the Tom Parsons Memorial Fund, as Tom was so well known locally, and the air ambulance because it has helped so many people and is out in Ryedale on almost a daily basis.”

Tom Parsons, from West Heslerton, was holidaying on the Greek island of Zante, when he died in August 2016, aged 22. His parents, Nick and Sue, set up the fund in his memory to support the local community, including providing defibrillators, one of which has been placed at the Royal Oak in Malton, which is run by James’ wife Emma.

James said: “Tom had close ties with the pub and all his friends are regulars. It is nice to give something back to local people. Paul and I have handed over the captain roles to Dean Readman and Rhys Crowe this year due to our own family commitments.”

The Perm Cup has raised thousands of pounds over the last 10 years for a number of local charities, including L.I.A.M. (Laughter, Inspiration, Art, Music) set up in memory of Liam Miller, and the charity, 4Louis, which supports bereaved parents and captures the lasting memories of their baby.

James said: “I would like to thank all the people and local business for their generosity, without this the day wouldn’t take place. We have raised £4,900 which is fantastic. Thanks to all the business that donated raffle and auction prizes, Macauley Gibson for refereeing at late notice, all the players, Rob Farrow, the auctioneer and the team captains Dean and Rhys.”