Friends’ pride over playing in football tournament for Jon

Jon Hankey
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A MUCH-loved former marine will be remembered in the second annual charity football match in his memory.

Jon Hankey died in 2014 aged 41 from a heart attack while working in Africa,

Mr Hankey, from Waterlooville, was an amateur footballer and his family and friends felt a tournament was the best way to honour him.

Organiser Lea Jackson said: ‘We are proud to be holding the Jon Hankey Memorial Cup again. It will involve teams that Jon played for plus Touchline Tony from Pompey who is bringing a strong team of Portsmouth FC Legends, including Alan Knight, Andy Awford, Vince Hilaire, and Big Kev the Kitman. They were all friends of Jon,

‘I speak for all when I say I can’t quite believe how quick these 15 months have gone. We would love as many people to come and support what will be a great family day in Jon’s honour, we aim to make it bigger and better every year, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to charity,’

There will also be an under-nines match before the final.’

The tournament takes place at Horndean Football Club on Saturday, from 11am, and it is £5 for adults and free for children. All money goes to Help our Wounded and Naomi House children’s hospice.