Portsmouth football tournament held in aid of ill boy

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A FUNDRAISING football tournament raised more than £4,000 for a terminally ill four-year-old boy.

Charlie Codling has a terminal brain tumour and has been told by doctors that he only has 12 months to live.

The 30-team tournament at the Goals Soccer Centre, off Tangier Road, Baffins, was organised by one of Charlie’s older sister’s friends, Brad Groves.

Brad, 19, wanted to get involved after he saw a message on Facebook about Charlie’s illness.

He said: ‘I was touched when I found out about Charlie and I wanted to do something to help so I decided to set up a tournament.

‘All the proceeds raised were given to the parents to allow them the funding to send Charlie and his family to Disneyland Paris as a final holiday.’

Dan Homer, manager of Portsmouth’s Goals Soccer Centre, said: ‘Brad did a fantastic job organising the event and deserves the credit. It was for a great cause and we were honoured to host the day here at Goals.’