A MANAGER from gas distribution company SGN has raised over £1,000 for Portsmouth charity Football for Cancer by taking part in its annual football tournament.
Karl Durham, from Lee-on-the-Solent, was one of 160 players who took part in the FFC knockout football tournament, with the final at Fareham Town Football Club.
Mr Durham first heard about the charity in 2011 after losing his father to cancer and has been a regular fundraiser ever since.
This year he raised £550 in sponsorship and SGN donated a further £500.
As well as playing in matches on the day, Mr Durham acted as a volunteer, setting up banners, tents and marquees for the stalls, operating the turnstile, and selling tickets, sticker books and programmes.
He also found time to dress up as Billy the Fox, FFC’s new mascot.
He said: ‘It was a fantastic day for the whole family, with coconut shies, zorbing and a fire engine for the children.
‘Billy the Fox was a big hit with the kids, and my own three were delighted when they found out it was me inside the costume.
‘The main event was the A Cup final.
‘We held a minute’s silence for loved ones we had lost before kick-off.
‘Although our team lost, it was still an amazing and inspiring event, and my efforts were recognised with trophies for Player’s Player and Manager’s Player.
‘The greatest honour for me, though, will come next year when one of the teams playing in the FFC 2016 tournament will be named after my dad.’
Since it was founded in 2008, the charity has raised £250,000 for local causes such as The Rowans Hospice.