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Memorial cup tribute to Waterlooville Royal Marine Jon Hankey

Jon Hankey

Jon Hankey

FOOTBALL-MAD former Royal Marine Jon Hankey will be remembered with a tournament in his name.

The 41-year-old died suddenly of a massive heart attack while working in Africa in April.

He was a regional manager in the maritime security industry and split his time between Benin in west Africa, and his home with wife Claire in Waterlooville.

Now his friends have organised the Jon Hankey Memorial Cup which takes place at Horndean Football Club, Five Heads Road, this Saturday.

Teams from the three clubs that Jon played for will be pitted against a team of Pompey legends headed by commentator Touchline Tony.

Lea Jackson is the man behind the event.

He said: ‘Jon loved football and played for The Crows Nest, The Pop Inn and The Heroes.

‘We wanted a way to remember him and we are planning on this becoming an annual event. After the adults finish the Denmead under-eights will play the Denmead under-nines.

‘Jon saw them play many times because he is my son’s godfather.’

After the tournament, which begins at 12.30pm, the players and spectators will go on to the White Hart pub, Denmead, where an auction of Pompey memorabilia and other items donated by well-wishers will be held.

All the money raised will go to the charity Help our Wounded, an organisation that supports the Royal Marines.

Mr Jackson and nine friends have already raised £5,000 for the charity with an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower.

The public are welcome for the whole tournament. Entry is £2.

 

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