Annual football tournament raises thousands for the NSPCC

All the players taking part in the fundraiser. ''Pictures: Paul Jacobs (142748-3)

All the players taking part in the fundraiser. ''Pictures: Paul Jacobs (142748-3)

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IT’S become an annual event that raises thousands for charity through football.

The 14th football tournament took place at St Vincent College in Gosport. It raised money for the NSPCC.

19/9/14  ''NSPCC football fundraiser at St Vincent College, Gosport. Pictured is Dan Bennett of the NSPCC team scoring a goal''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142748-1) PPP-140920-143644001

19/9/14 ''NSPCC football fundraiser at St Vincent College, Gosport. Pictured is Dan Bennett of the NSPCC team scoring a goal''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142748-1) PPP-140920-143644001

Several teams took part and in the evening the winners were presented with a trophy by Pompey legend Alan Knight. In total, £2,497 was raised.

Brian Dunlop is the organiser. He said: ‘It’s the 14th year we have done the event. It’s very much a community feel.

‘A lot of the boys love playing football and this particular event has a good feel about it.’

Brian said he is hugely supportive of the charity and the work that they do.

19/9/14  ''NSPCC football fundraiser at St Vincent College, Gosport. Pictured is event organiser Brian Dunlop of the NSPCC team''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142748-2) PPP-140920-143655001

19/9/14 ''NSPCC football fundraiser at St Vincent College, Gosport. Pictured is event organiser Brian Dunlop of the NSPCC team''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142748-2) PPP-140920-143655001

‘I have always done work for the NSPCC. I believe that every child should be brought up in a safe environment in order for them to have a good start in life,’ he said.

‘I want to do what I can to help the charity.

‘Then children can grow up to become a stable adult and live their life to the best of their abilities without having to deal with the abuse they went through as a child.

‘It affects people so badly that it carries on into adult life if they haven’t got people like the NSPCC which can bring a child back into the normal world.’

NSPCC fundraiser

NSPCC fundraiser

And Brian added he felt the event was a huge success.

‘The feedback I have got from everybody is very 
good,’ he added.

‘It was played in good spirits. A lot of banter went on. In the evening there was a good audience, everyone enjoyed themselves.

‘I was pleased with it and it was nice for Alan Knight to come along.’

The evening entertainment also included a raffle, an auction and a disco.

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