Colleagues play in football tribute to Calderdale paramedics who died on same day

A football match in memory of two Calderdale colleagues who died on the same day raised more than £2,000 for charity.

By sarah fitton
Sunday, 31st July 2022, 9:43 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st July 2022, 9:45 pm

Mark Stanley who worked at Halifax and then Todmorden ambulance stations and had been a paramedic for more than 30 years, died in April 2020 after contracting coronavirus.

Tragically, on the same day, Dave Oates - who was based at Brighouse and Bradford ambulance stations - also died, from motor neurone disease.

The two men’s fellow paramedics got together for a charity football match in their memory which has become an annual event, raising just over £2,000.

The players from both teams who played in the match

The Stanley Oates Cup, held in Liversedge, saw paramedics from Bradford Ambulance Station - playing as Bradford Ambo - pitted against a team from Halifax and Brighouse ambulance stations - Brigax.

The money will go to charities chosen by the two men's widows - Scotty's Little Soldiers and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.