A football match and family fun day helped boost funds for a Wirral charity raising awareness of male domestic abuse.

Organised by local fundraising group #TeamDDB, the inaugural event, at Heswall Football Club on Sunday raised more than £2,000 for The Paul Lavelle Foundation.

The charity, formed in 2017, raises awareness of male domestic abuse, and supports victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

#TeamDDB, born from Danny de Brabander's terminal cancer diagnosis in 2019, has now raised more than £62,000 for the local community.

Danny wanted to turn his negative situation into a positive by helping other charities.

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This is something Danny has recently been recognised for with the award of the prestigious 'Wirral Award 2020' from the mayor for 'Outstanding Achievement'.

Reflecting on the charity match, Danny (pictured, below) told the Globe: "The event was a huge success with over 300 people in attendance, the sun shining, and over £2,000 was raised for The Paul Lavelle Foundation, a great local charity who do fantastic work in both raising awareness of male domestic abuse, and in supporting male victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

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"The day itself mainly to remember Paul Lavelle, who sadly died from domestic abuse in 2017, and for the local community to come together to enjoy all of the entertainment that was on offer.

"The charity football game was won by #TeamDDB, however Paul Lavelle Foundation gave a great account of themselves in their first ever 11-a-side game."

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The Paul Lavelle Foundation was set up in 2017 in memory of Paul Lavelle, from Rock Ferry, who was killed at the hands of his violent partner.

Paul, 50, died hours after girlfriend Sarah Lewis attacked him with a broken dinner plate in May 2017. Lewis was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Paul's friends decided to honour his memory by setting up The Paul Lavelle Foundation in a bid to raise awareness of domestic abuse against men and help others.

Looking back on thé football  Paul Gladwell of Paul Lavelle Foundation said "It was a wonderful day arranged by Danny & #TeamDDB, a day to remember our mate Paul and one that full of smiles, friendship and fun!

"Thanks for all who took part in this day.

"It will go towards running our very important services helping men and their families. Thanks from everyone at Paul Lavelle Foundation"

To follow #TeamDDB on social media @Team.DDB