FOOTBALLERS who played a tournament in memory of their dear friend have raised more than £3,000 for charity.
Dozens of players turned out for the Jon Hankey Memorial Cup at Horndean Football Club.
Jon would have been proud. He loved bringing people togetherKerry Cavanagh
Former Royal Marine Jon, who died in Africa last year aged 41, was a huge football fan.
He was a member of teams in Portsmouth and Waterlooville and his former teammates came out to raise money on Saturday for Royal Marines charity Help our Wounded Royal Marines and Naomi House children’s hospice.
Jon’s best friend Lea Jackson organised the event. He said: ‘Jon was very well-known in the Waterlooville and Horndean area.
‘He was very well liked and a very popular lad. ‘It devastated everyone when he passed away.
‘I’d like to say a big thank you to Touchline Tony and his team of Pompey Legends, Horndean Football Club, and all who helped.’
Jon was a regional manager in the maritime security industry and split his time between Benin in west Africa, and Waterlooville where he lived with his wife Claire.
He suffered a massive heart attack, five years after having a stent fitted following a previous heart attack.
A minute’s silence was held before the first game.
The teams were SMS and Crow’s Nest, Heroes, Pop Inns, and Pompey Legends – who went on to claim victory.
Childhood friend Kerry Cavanagh, 42, from Cowplain, said: ‘Jon would have been proud. He loved bringing people together.’