‘I think every child deserves some happiness’

Dedicated volunteer Dave Monteith (45) from Hilsea, is holding a charity football tournament at PlayFootball in Copnor on Saturday 21st July between 2-5pm raising money for Arms Around The Child charity.   Pictured is: Dave Monteith (45) at his home in Hilsea.  Picture: Sarah Standing (122436-1765)
Dedicated volunteer Dave Monteith (45) from Hilsea, is holding a charity football tournament at PlayFootball in Copnor on Saturday 21st July between 2-5pm raising money for Arms Around The Child charity. Pictured is: Dave Monteith (45) at his home in Hilsea. Picture: Sarah Standing (122436-1765)
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When caring Dave Monteith heard about the plight of poor children living overseas, he decided to do something to help.

He has brought together 50 footballers who will compete in a seven-a-side charity tournament this weekend.

The fundraising event involving five teams will kick off at PlayFootball in Copnor, Portsmouth at 2pm tomorrow.

Everyone taking part is either related to or friends with Dave, who lives in Spinnaker Drive, Hilsea.

They are all looking to raise cash for Arms Around The Child, a charity which supports and cares for children with HIV and AIDS.

Every team will be presented with a trophy at the end as a reward for their efforts.

Father-of-two Dave says he wanted to make a difference because the worthy cause had touched his heart.

His friend Ellie Milner is a director of the charity.

Dave, 45, explains: ‘It’s tragic that there are children out there who are suffering so badly and have to live with HIV and AIDS.

‘I don’t think people in this country know or think a lot about these things. So as well as raising money I want to raise awareness of the cause.

He adds: ‘Everyone needs to do their bit. I have two children of my own, Lewis, 19, and Emily, 16, so as a father it is a charity that means a lot to me. Every child deserves happiness and the opportunity to have fun.’

Dave, who set up youth football team AFC Nelson, saw the sport as the perfect way to raise money.

‘I’ve set myself a target of £600, so any more than that would be really amazing, he says.

‘I’m really looking forward to the tournament, it should be a great laugh. It will be nice seeing everyone come together.’

Dave, who is originally from Scotland, is no stranger to doing things for charity.

He has also set up football matches in aid of The Rowans Hospice at Purbrook.

And in October he’s organising a free gig at The Milton Arms, in Milton Road, Milton, with the help of his friend Peter ‘Pinky’ Wallis, the lead singer of punk band Night of Treason.

Proceeds from the event will go towards Arms Around The Child.

Next year he wants to complete his biggest challenge yet – climbing Mount Olympus in Greece for the same charity.

Dave who works as a plumber, says: ‘I just want to do as much as I can. I get immense enjoyment out of helping others and seeing their lives change for the better.’

For more information,visit armsaroundthechild.org.