CANCER victims have been remembered at the finals of a charity football tournament.
Scores of footballers competed in teams which were named after loved ones who had died from the disease. The event took place at the grounds of Portchester Football Club, in Wicor Lane, Portchester on Sunday.
The occasion marked the grand final of a tournament organised by the charity Football for Cancer.
In the run-up to the final the athletes took part in a knock-out tournament to decide which teams would be a part of the A Cup and B Cup finals.
In the A cup final the team named after Eileen Logie beat one named after Alison Louise Wakefield on penalties after the game finished goalless after 90 minutes.
The John Butler team secured victory in the B Cup final after beating Brian Rixon 8-2.
The winning squads were awarded trophies afterwards.
Sponsorship from players and their families and donations on the day helped to raise a staggering £23,000 towards the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, which was formed in memory of the young ster from Southsea who died from osteosarcoma the day before his 16th birthday in 2004.
Michael Wait, 32, who helped organise the event, which is in its fourth year, said: ‘The weather was a bit of a let down but that didn’t stop everyone having a great time. The atmosphere was brilliant. All the footballers gave it their all in memory of those in their families who have passed away. It was particularly emotional because Tom Prince’s parents Adele and Clinton came along and Adele was crying as we handed her a cheque for the amount of money raised.
‘I’m really impressed with how much we’ve managed to get together for the charity.
As part of the day children were treated to a bouncy castle, face painting, ice cream and hot food vans.
‘It was nice seeing children and their families having a great time,’ Mr Wait, of Cowplain, added.
The University of Portsmouth Cheerleading Club helped to entertain people, who turned up in their hundreds despite the gloomy weather.