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Ernie's Daughter Delighted with Big Proact Day

23 May 2016

Thousands of fans, scores of soap stars and a couple of dozen Spireites Legends made Ernie Moss's charity game at the Proact a day to be remembered.

For Nikki Trueman, one of Ernie's two daughters and one of the driving forces behind the special afternoon, the day was as brilliant as it was hectic.

"It was amazing, the sun shone and everyone turned out for dad," she said. "The crowd were fantastic, I hardly saw the match because I was so busy running here, there and everywhere.

"All the lads who pulled on a shirt were brilliant, I feel very emotional now and I'd like to thank everyone, especially the Once Upon a Smile lads who came along and helped make it amazing. The club let us hold the day here, so there's a big thank you to them too."

Ernie Moss lead the two teams out with his family and presented the cup to Once Upon a Smile's Jake Quickenden after the celebs won 6-4, and Nikki felt her father, who is suffering from a form of dementia called Pick's Disease, had enjoyed the day.

"I don't think he really understands, but he's definitely had a good time," she explained. "He's watched a game of football and he's at the Proact where he's comfortable. We've had lots of cuddles off him, so that's all you can ask for.

"We did want him to play for a bit of the game, but he refused to get changed - and we can only do so much to persuade him."

With the money raised split between the charities Dementia UK and Once Upon a Smile, Nikki said that she was glad to have put in all the hard work, and that she has further plans to keep raising money.

She said: "Yes, yes, yes! It was definitely worth it, and we're going to have another dinner and an auction at the Proact later in the year, so I'm a glutton for punishment - and I've not told my kids yet!"

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