In­spired to fundraise for Paige’s dev­as­tated fam­ily

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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