DOZENS of families soaked up the sunshine at a fun day in aid of good causes.
Champion fundraiser Elizabeth Humphries put on the event at The Queen’s Head in Brockhurst Road, Gosport on Saturday in aid of her fundraiser The Big Match.
The annual football tournament is held in aid of charities Action For Children and the Brain Tumour Charity and was started five years ago following the death of Elizabeth’s husband David due to a brain tumour.
Since its launch in 2012, the event has gone on to raise more than £250,000.
Elizabeth, 67, said: ‘I have been fundraising for more than 30 years and absolutely love it as you are able to work with the community to do something special.
‘The world is full of people that do things and those who do not and I am proud to give my time to help make things happen and cause real change.’
Family events like this are great as people can come down and get as much joy and entertainment out of as they like without any hassle.Champion fundraiser Elizabeth Humphries
The event saw the pub gardens filled with families enjoying bouncy castles, family games and a barbecue in addition to a visit from Paw Patrol characters.
Evening entertainment was also provided by Sydney Dejorey and the Treblemakers.
This year’s Big Match event takes place at Millwall Football Club on May 20.
It will involve around 300 children take part in a training session with professional coaches before celebrities and former players take to the field in a full 90-minute game.
A black-tie dinner will follow in the evening.
Elizabeth thanked all those who had come down to support the event on Saturday.
She said: ‘Family events like this are great as people can come down and get as much joy and entertainment out of as they like without any hassle.
‘It is all about trying to make sure that everybody gets the most fun they can out of everything. The community here is so fantastic and it means a lot to have so many people come down and help us out.’
The event raised £300 last year and Elizabeth is looking to beat that. More information on the forthcoming event is at thebigmatch.co.uk