Fancy dress in memory of former Pompey player Kim Manns

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KIND-HEARTED revellers put on their best fancy dress to raise cash and awareness of motor neurone disease in memory of former Pompey player Kim Manns.

The event saw nearly 100 people party the night away at Moneyfields Sports and Social Club, in Moneyfield Avenue, Copnor, on Saturday.

Kim Manns

Kim Manns

It was organised by Kim’s niece Ellie Randall, 26, and her boyfriend Andy Clark, 27, both from Hilsea.

Ellie, a health care assistant at Queen Alexandra Hospital, said she was delighted to see so many people get involved to raise more than £1,300 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a charity that promotes research into the disease and provides support.

She said: ‘There was not one person who didn’t come in fancy dress. There were lots of football kits. I wore my running gear and Andy went as a Subbuteo player.

‘Everyone made the effort and everyone had fun with it.’

Ellie Randall and Tom Leake

Ellie Randall and Tom Leake

Other costumes included a dart board, a horse rider and a member of the Jamaican bobsleigh team.

This is not the first fundraiser the family has organised in memory of Kim, who was 
diagnosed with MND in July 2012.

Kim, who played for Waterlooville FC for more than 20 years and had a spell at Fratton Park in 1972, started the fundraising campaign, which has now reached around £30,000 through various events.

He played cricket for many years at Hambledon, where he was born, before taking up golf in his later years. He died aged 61 in March this year.

Ellie said she was determined to continue the campaign and to continue Kim’s legacy.

She has even put herself forward to do eight races this year – ranging from 5km to half-marathons.

To sponsor her go to justgiving.com/Eleanor-Randall4/