Portsmouth football event raises £1,000 for charity

TEAM Players who took part in the Football For Cancer charity day

TEAM Players who took part in the Football For Cancer charity day

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AROUND £1,000 was raised for charity thanks to a popular football tournament.

Football For Cancer (FFC) held the well-attended event in aid of The Rosemary Foundation, which included a barbecue, entertainment and bouncy castle for the children.

The tournament was won by Gary Spencer Dragons, a team named after the father of one of the players who sadly passed away through cancer earlier this year.

The event was organised by Paul Ryan and the pitches and facilities were donated by PlayFootball in Copnor Road.

Each team paid £20 to register and an additional £10 to play in the event.

It is the latest donation made to the foundation, which offers a free hospice at home service, by FFC after raising £22,000 through events last year.

The charity was set up in 2008 by Raymond Ogilvie after he lost family members and close friends to the disease.

This year the charity hopes to take its fundraising total to £100,000 since it was established.

Mr Ogilvie said: ‘The tournament went without a hiccup.

‘Everyone involved had a scream and there was plenty of banter.

‘But as the event got closer to the end and the good teams got closer to the final, the quality of football started to come out and everyone stayed on to cheer.

‘We will be doing it all over again very soon.’

In June, seven riders rode 20-year-old Honda Vision scooters from John O’Groats to Lands End in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and raised a total of £23,282 in the process.

To find out more about the charity visit ffcevents.com or follow it on Twitter at @officialFFC

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