Inspired to fundraise for Paige’s devastated family
Two local men are at the centre of a fundraising football match for the family of murdered Paige Doherty.
William McLaren, 27, from Castlemilk and 20-year-old William Rae from Rutherglen are part of newlyformed Glasgow City Academy Football Club.
After Paige’s death last week, the lads decided to do their part and raise money for her devastated family.
Fifteen-year-old Paige’s body was found in a wooded area in Glasgow’s West End last Monday after going missing two days before. Her death has left the city stunned. A man has appeared in court charged with murder.
Team manager, Willie McLaren was inspired to do something while thinking about his own, 11-month-old daughter.
He said: “I have got a daughter of my own and what happened hit me like a tonne of bricks. I can’t imagine losing a daughter.
“I’m pretty shocked at how big it’s gotten, we just wanted to show our condolences.
“When things like the Clutha or bin lorry tragedy happens, Glasgow has always come together, we’ve always stuck by one another.”
William Rae added: “After what happened, we just wanted to do something. This is about Glasgow people coming together.
“People from all over have offered their services and got in contact with us.
“It was such a horrific thing that happened.”
The match will take place on Thursday, March 31, at 8pm at the Glasgow Green Football Centre.
Collection buckets will be placed around the pitch. Balloons will be released at the end of the match and a one minute silence will be observed before.
The club are asking people attending to wear pink, which was Paige’s favourite colour.
Paige’s family are aware of the match and some of her friends have indicated they will attend.
Tribute William Rae from Rutherglen has helped organise the game
Tragic Paige Doherty