A football manager called on one of his old contacts to arrange a glamour friendly to raise money for a charity which helped his family through their darkest time.
And now Scott Steele (38), will lead his Dalkeith Thistle Sunday Amateurs side out at King’s Park tonight (Thursday) against Hearts U20s in a bid to raise money for and awareness of SIMBA.
Scott and his wife Lisa will never forget the support the bereavement charity gave them when their daughter Mia died a couple of days before she was due.
He said: “She was a 7lb 13oz little princess who looked so perfect, yet we’d never get to take her home. This was, and still is, a very distressing thing to us both. It would have been Mia’s tenth birthday this coming Monday and raising as much money as we can for SIMBA seemed like the natural thing to do.
“We personally took a great deal of comfort from the very sensitive and thoughtful memory box provided to us by SIMBA. It has her hand prints and wee locks of her hair. In truth looking at the memories we had of Mia in this little box is what kept us sane.
“Losing a child is an incredibly traumatic thing to go through but it’s one of life’s tests, we’ve been lucky in other ways and have been incredibly fortunate to have been blessed with our wonderful daughter Eve and our handsome prince Ollie.”
The former Sunderland, Berwick, Alloa and Falkirk player thanked Hearts manager Robbie Nielson, who he knew from his playing days, for supplying a team for the match. Scott also thanked sponsors Chapter One Hair Spa and Corner Pocket snooker club.
He added that his mother in law Shelma Liddle had already raised more than £500 through selling tablet.