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Teams fundraising pays tribute to one of their own

By David Porter

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The sudden and early death of a local footballer has spurred to local football teams into action as they took part in the Loco's 24 Hour Challenge.

Having played over the years for both Tarves and Methlick football clubs, 32 year-old Garry Finnie from Methlick did peacefully at home, on Sunday, June 14 after a short illness.

Tarves and Methlick Football Clubs' teamed up to create a joint fundraiser for Marie Curie in Garry's memory.

A spokesman from Methlick FC said: "Last Sunday was a dark day for everyone involved with Methlick Football Club as we lost one of our own, Garry Finnie.

"Not only was Garry a great player, he was a great friend, and brother to us all at Methlick FC and to everyone involved in both teams.

"In memory of his life, Methlick teamed up with Tarves Football Club to raise money for Marie Curie, his family's chosen charity.

"Garry was a credit to both teams for many years, scoring lots of goals along the way.

"We would like to send our condolences to Garrys family at this time."

In a statement after the team's runs Garry’s wife Gillian Finnie said: "On behalf of myself, Beth, Maggie and the rest of the family thank you.

"Thank you to all the runners who have put in an amazing effort over the past 24 hours, particularly the night-shift runners, it couldn’t have been easy running in the dark and early hours.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported.

"Garry’s death has moved us all in so many ways.

"We can gain comfort in knowing the money will help Marie Curie continue to support other families with terminal illness.

"The money that has been raised in such a short space of time is unbelievable.

"Garry would have been totally overwhelmed, it is something extremely special that has been done in his memory."

Following in the community spirit of football teams across the north-east, this weekend Banff Rovers, Macduff AFC and Auchnagatt Barons AFC will continue to raise money in Garry’s memory with their own 24 hour runs.

A spokesman for Auchnagatt said: "All of us at Auchnagatt Barons are deeply saddened by the loss of Garry Finnie.

"Garry enjoyed many seasons playing for local sides and was not only an opposition player against the Barons on many occasions but he was also a team mate and relative to some of our playing staff too.

"Tarves nominated our team to participate in the 24 hour running challenge which we kindly accept.

"We would also like to do this for Garry and would really appreciate any donations be made to the Just Giving page that has been set up in Garry's memory."

With over £19,000 raised already (MONDAY) donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/methlick-fc

Funeral private due to present circumstances, but family and friends can pay their respects in a socially distant manner as the hearse drives through Methlick at 10.45am, on Friday, June 19, on its way to Methlick Cemetery

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