A CHARITY football tournament organised by a teenager has raised just under £500 for a Portchester-based charity.
Benjamin Mason, 17, of Portchester, organised the day for the charity Kick It Into Touch.
The charity specialises in raising awareness of testicular cancer.
Its founder, John Willis, of Portchester, is Benjamin’s uncle and was diagnosed with the disease in August 2010.
Following treatment and beating the cancer, he decided to learn about his symptoms.
He also wanted to know about the treatment to discover ways to make others more aware.
The charity continues to host annual fundraisers such as golfing and football days, despite John’s struggles with the chemotherapy treatment he is currently receiving for a second bout of cancer.
Benjamin said: ‘I just wanted to do my bit.
‘Kick It Into Touch is my uncle’s charity.
‘He’s been through a lot and still managed to raise so much money. I wanted to give something back.’
The event saw three teams of five play one another in a tournament including semi-finals and an overall final.
Even the losing teams didn’t miss out.
Following the matches, a fair play final took place between the teams that didn’t manage to win during the day.
At the end of the event an awards evening took place for the day’s winners. Former Pompey defender Ricardo Rocha made an appearance to top off a successful day.
Players of a wide variety of ages played together to reach their goal. The oldest was 50, and the youngest 16.
Ben added: ‘It went really well. Some teams were a bit rough – but that’s what happens in football.’
Follow the charity’s progress at kickitintotouch.org