Southsea football team donate £700 to Wessex Cancer Trust

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Hundreds of pounds has been donated to a cancer charity by a football league.

League Edstreme Football Club donated £700 to the Wessex Cancer Trust after holding a number of matches and cup competitions.

The league was set up by Sean Reading in memory of his brother Ed, who passed away in 2007 from sudden death syndrome during a football match.

The first matches for the league, which meets and plays once a week on the Priory School all-weather pitches in Southsea, were played in 2009.

In 2011 Sean and close friend Phil George started raising money through the league for Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry) which researches the condition Ed died from.

Several fundraising events have been held in recent years, including the Cry Cup.

The annual match is one of the club’s biggest charity events and all match fees on cup night are donated to the charity.

Since Sean’s mother has suffered from breast cancer, this year Sean and Phil decided to donate half of this year’s funds to Wessex Cancer Trust.

Clare Lay, head of fundraising at the charity, says: ‘For Sean and Phil to donate half of the funds raised to Wessex Cancer Trust is a real honour.

‘We are very grateful to have been thought of and are thrilled to know that our services have made such a difference to the Reading family in Sean’s mother’s recovery.

‘This generous donation of £700 will go towards services for other people in Portsmouth to receive free treatments.’

League Edstreme has now moved on to a state-of-the-art 3G pitch at Priory School and will continue to grow thanks to the great support of the players.

They have increased from six-a-side to seven-a-side matches.

For more information on the league, visit the website