FUNDRAISING is well underway to help set-up a day centre for young people in Forth Valley with complex health and learning needs.

Julie Halliday, from Stirling, is aiming to establish a one-of-a-kind facility in the region which will offer them the opportunity to continue with their development in a structured environment.

She hopes to be able to purchase premises in Alva for what will be The Butterfly Day Centre but needs £1.1m to make it happen.

She held a sporty fundraiser at Forthbank Stadium last week to help with her goal.

Dukla Pumpherston, a charity football team, went up against players representing the centre on Saturday, June 23.

There was also a raffle with some great prizes up for grabs, including one from Alva Golf Club which donated a round of golf for four people.

Julie: “We raised £620 with the raffle so many kind shops and people handed in and hopefully we will reach in total £1000 once we have auctioned the Celtic and Rangers prizes.”

She gave thanks to Brian Martin, Tommy Sheridan and the rest of the players for supporting the cause, including David Goodwillie, Greg Stewart, Scott and William Halliday, Marc Robertson, Thomas Gardiner, Ross Carol, Craig Smith, Craig Perrie and Ryan Aimer.

Also to Jim Wardrop for agreeing to step in as referee, everyone who turned up and to Vinny’s Bar for the strips and use of the venue.