Football match organised to fundraise for cancer support

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A FIVE-HOUR five-a-side football match is being set up to raise money for cancer charities Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Graham Turner from Fareham organised the event after losing his mother a year ago following a long-standing battle with cancer.

The 37-year-old added ‘The charities provided great benefit and care during the final days. They were both a real benefit to the family and to my mum.’

Graham thought of the idea when he found that he could no longer participate in the Great South Run.

‘I was thinking about what else I could do, and football came to mind,’ he said.

Kick-off is at 10am on Saturday, April 20 at Goals Portsmouth, off Tangier Road.

Centre manager Kevin Love is proud to be hosting the event for one of their regular Monday night players. He adds ‘Ideally we are hoping for every player to donate £6 each, but any donation would be welcomed – we are still in need of players.’

The money will go towards providing better care as well as better medical and financial support for patients who are diagnosed with cancer.

Depending on the outcome Graham is hoping to make it an annual event:

‘Maybe next year I will increase the time to a 24-hour football match based on the amount of interest there is.’

If interested in taking part please contact Goals Portsmouth on (023) 8018 0200.

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