Dedicated Ruth helps boost Len’s fund total

FAN Ruth Taylor with her collecting bucket
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A FANS’ fundraising appeal in memory of Pompey legend Len Phillips was boosted by a dedicated pensioner.

Ruth Taylor, who remembers Mr Phillips’ illustrious playing days on the Fratton Park turf, collected money from supporters at the West Ham United home clash on Saturday.

Equipped with a home- made placard and a bucket, she stood for 90 minutes and brought in the cash from fans.

The money she collected there went towards the Pompey Supporters’ Trust’s final fundraising total of £800.

The trust launched the appeal in December following Mr Phillips’ death earlier that month.

Mr Phillips made a total of 261 appearances and scored 62 goals for Pompey during the 1940s and 1950s.

He was a key member of Pompey’s famous championship winning sides of 1948-49 and 1949-50.

All proceeds from the appeal, which included online donations via the trust’s Paypal account, will go towards the Exbury Ward at St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton.

Mr Phillips spent some time during his last years being cared for at the ward.

Mrs Taylor said: ‘I remember Len very well and have some knowledge of the excellent work the Exbury Ward does.

‘I was pleased to come and help the trust.’

The trust has thanked her for her fundraising efforts and said the board was ‘touched by her help’.

Trust members and volunteers also collected cash at the home match with Watford on January 2.

Mr Phillips’ widow Joan and ward officials will now meet to decide how to spend the money in a fitting memorial to the forward’s life.

The trust has thanked everyone who donated towards the appeal.

Trust spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘It’s a great effort by all those fans who donated to the appeal.

‘I am sure that Len’s widow, the ward, and all of Len’s friends will decide on a fitting memorial with this money – something that will benefit the residents for years to come.

‘It makes you feel very humble when the likes of Ruth turn up and shake a bucket in the memory of someone she obviously felt a lot of love and respect for.

‘It was a terrific gesture and it’s one I won’t personally forget.’