Footballers hoping to raise £25,000 for cancer trust

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FOOTBALLERS are on target to raise £25,000 for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

It is the Football for Cancer grand final on Sunday and organisers think their goal is well in view.

For the past month, men from across the area have been taking part in the tournament and the money for the Trust.

The charity event is in it’s fourth year and organiser Michael Wait, 32, from Cowplain, says he thinks once this year’s money is counted the total raised since the event started may hit the £100,000 mark.

Mr Wait, a carpenter, said: ‘We’re all proud of how much we’ve raised so far and I can see us hitting £100,000 altogether.’

Raymond Ogilvie, the event founder, from Sterling Street in Portsmouth, added: ‘The lads who have taken part deserve all the credit.

‘They have bent over backwards to raise money and the reason this means so much to them is because every one has lost someone to cancer or knows someone who has.’

Past charities supported by the tournament include Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Rowans Hospice, and the Rosemary Foundation.

Mr Ogilvie, 30, a DJ at Tiger Tiger, said he was drawn to the Tom Prince Trust because it is so close to the hearts of the people of Portsmouth.

He said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the response to Blue Day last year and a lot of people I know seem to have known Tom or his family.’

All 10 teams in the football tournament are named after loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer.

The final is at Portchester Football Club, in Wicor Lane, on Sunday. The B Cup final is at 10.30am between the John Butler team and the Brian Rixon team.

The A Cup final is at 1pm between the Eileen Logie team and the Alison Louise Wakefield team. is will be followed by a celebrity match including with ex-Pompey players and presenters from Sky Sports’ Soccer AM.