Teams kick off to help family of ill Graham

Gosport Falcons U18 are organising a fundraising match for friend of the club Graham Moxham who is in intensive care.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (150475-1)
Gosport Falcons U18 are organising a fundraising match for friend of the club Graham Moxham who is in intensive care. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150475-1)
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A FOOTBALL club has organised a charity tournament to help a supporter.

Chairman of the Gosport Falcons Charlie Goulding has put together a football tournament to raise money for Graham Moxham.

Mr Moxham, a self-employed builder, suffered a brain haemorrhage and is in intensive care at Southampton General Hospital. He collapsed around three weeks ago while at work and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

After tests, he was transferred to Southampton General Hospital and has had two operations.

Mr Moxham has helped the club with building works in the past and Charlie wanted to give something back.

Charlie said: ‘Graham is a big supporter of the club and his son plays for one of the teams.

‘He has done a lot of work on the club house so we wanted to help him and his family.

‘He is self-employed so all the time he’s in hospital, his family are missing his income.

‘Normally, it takes a couple of months to get a tournament sorted but we have had around three weeks to get this done.’

So far, 14 teams have signed up for the tournament but Charlie hopes to have 20.

Entry is £50 with the aim of raising £2,000 for the whole day.

Charlie added: ‘People have been really generous and supportive of the day.

‘Crofton Saints football club couldn’t send a team but they have given £50 anyway. There will also be cakes for sale and are trying to sort out a raffle too.’

All the money from the day will be going to Mr Moxham’s family.

The event is on Monday at the club’s ground on The Monckton Sports Ground, Fort Road, in Gosport.

Any teams interested if signing up should email clairegouldingpink@yahoo.co.uk