GENEROUS Pompey fans dipped into their pockets to raise funds for the Len Phillips Appeal – and there is still time to donate.
Nearly £400 has been raised so far, which was set up by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust in aid of the Exbury ward in St James’ Hospital, Southsea.
Legendary forward Mr Phillips, who died in December, spent some years being cared for in the ward.
Trust members and volunteers collected £200 from fans ahead of Monday’s 2-0 win over Watford at Fratton Park.
A further £165 has been generated through the trust’s PayPal internet account since the appeal was launched last month.
Mr Phillips’ family were guests at the game as the club held a minute’s applause in memory of the last of Pompey’s double championship winning side.
Close friend Jake Payne, who observed the applause on the pitch, praised the club for its hospitality towards the Phillips family on the day.
Another collection will be held ahead of the home clash with West Ham United on January 14.
Trust member Tom Dearie said: ‘We spoke to an elderly lady who donated and she remembers seeing Len play. She said he was her favourite player when she was young, which is fantastic.’
Former Pompey and England star Ray Crawford who was also a close friend of Mr Phillips, was among those who donated on Monday.
Trust spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘We’re pleased with the initial reponse to the appeal for donations to the Phillips family’s chosen cause, especially a very generous donation from a Mr Williamson, who donated on behalf of his father, Bert, who watched Len play.
‘We hope that fans continue to donate over the next two weeks and raise a sizeable sum for the Exbury ward.
‘The Phillips family have expressed their delight that fans want to show their appreciation of Len’s life by donating to the ward that looked after him so well.’
To donate, visit pompeytrust.com or send cheques payable to Pompey Supporters Trust to PST, Pompey Study Centre, Rodney Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8SX, with ‘Len Phillips donation’ written on the back.
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