Ex-Pompey stars turn out for blind toddler

The Pompey Legends X1 v Kids in Crisis X1 on Sunday at noon at West Leigh Park Havant   Picture: Malcolm Wells (123268-2348)
The Pompey Legends X1 v Kids in Crisis X1 on Sunday at noon at West Leigh Park Havant Picture: Malcolm Wells (123268-2348)
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POMPEY’S former stars put their famous blue shirts back on at the weekend to raise cash for a blind toddler.

The legends – including Alan Knight, Linvoy Primus, and Steve Claridge – took on players from the Kids in Crisis charity in a fundraising match for Willow Scotney-Williams.

As reported, two-year-old Willow was born 10 weeks early at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

She was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage, followed by having water on the brain.

As a result, Willow has cerebral palsy and is almost completely blind, so her family want to raise £25,000 for her to visit a clinic in China to have stem cell treatment which could allow her to see.

Willow’s mum, Gemma Scotney, 30, of Deerhurst Crescent in Paulsgrove, said: ‘I have just been overwhelmed at the generosity of these people who organised this match and the players as well.

‘It’s amazing that people who don’t even know you will do things like this to help.’

The legends team won the game 8-3.

Family friend Sally Howell, 30, of Prince Albert Road in Eastney, said: ‘It was great to see so many people there – it was all for a very good cause.

‘Willow is a lovely little girl and she deserves to get the treatment she needs.

‘It’s nice all the Pompey legends turned out to support her – everyone seemed to have a really good time.’

On Thursday, the Relentless Steak and Lobster House in Elm Grove, Southsea, is holding a fundraising meal for Willow. There are a few places left, at £35 each, with all the money from ticket sales going to the fund.

To buy a ticket or for more information, email 
gemmascotney@hotmail.com or call 07900 980125.