Members of the Lichfield City Lions team getting ready to support The Big Bandage fundraiser for Birmingham Children's Hospital

Players from a local football team have netted £150 for ill children.

Members of Lichfield City Lions aged six and seven years old, helped raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a bid to help those youngsters who were too poorly to play football.

The squad of nine includes seven from the same class at Scotch Orchard Primary School. After hearing that a classmate was being treated at the hospital, they decided to embark on a fundraising drive.

Manager Mark Vaughan, 39, said: “While our financial contribution may only be small, I wanted the boys to support a charity to teach them the importance of looking after others.

“Birmingham Children’s Hospital was the obvious choice as a classmate of a number of the players has been in and out of the hospital and this has made the boys appreciate all that the hospital does.

“It has also helped them learn that, should the worst happen to them, their friends or their family, there is a world-class and dedicated children’s hospital on their doorstep that will offer them the best chance of recovery.

“Our hope is that this team will play together for many years and that their support will grow into a long-lasting legacy of their friendship.”

The team’s next fundraiser is on July 10 when the football club will be putting on a boys versus mums match as part of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Big Bandage fundraiser which takes place on the same day.

Miranda Williams, from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted Lichfield City Lions has chosen to support our wonderful hospital.

“We are also delighted to have their support and wish them lots of success. Their efforts in supporting us will make a huge difference to the lives of our brave families as we continue our plans to improve our facilities.”