Pompey Fans’ Day tops £11,000 for charities

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GENEROUS Pompey fans raised almost £11,000 by taking part in a pre-season event to help good cause.

Pompey’s Fans’ Day was organised by Tom Dearie, who runs the 12th Man organisation.

It was held at Fratton Park before the friendly against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Mr Dearie yesterday revealed £10,930 was raised on the day, with more due to be added.

He said: ‘We think it might be more than that, because we don’t know 
until badge and raffle ticket money comes back in exactly how much we’ve got.’

Regardless of how much more might be raised, this year’s fans’ day smashed its £10,000 target and more than doubled the amount raised at the previous event, held in 2011.

Mr Dearie said: ‘I’m pretty speechless. We were hoping to get to £10,000, that was the target but I wasn’t 100 per cent sure we would manage it as it was a big target to aim for.’

Highlights of the fans’ day included Pompey’s new chairman Iain McInnes being dropped in the dunk tank, as was the club’s new engagement manager Micah Hall and Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ashley Brown. ‘

They were pretty fantastic,’ added Mr Dearie. ‘We had volunteers for the dunk tank because everyone wanted to get away from the heat.’

The money raised will be split between four good causes, the club’s academy and, finally, buying community shares in the club.

The four charities set to benefit will be Pompey in the Community, the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Asthma UK and Oakley’s Walking Fund.

But they won’t know how much they are getting until the cheques are presented to them, hopefully before the second home game of the season.

Mr Dearie added: ‘We hope to run fans’ day again, but it depends on the planning application from Tesco whether we can do it at Fratton Park. Hopefully we’ll be able to have one in April.’

He added: ‘I would like to give a massive thank you to Carl Paddon, Steve Tovey and Steve Hudson. Without their help and the help of staff at the club it wouldn’t have happened.

‘I’d also like to thank the sponsors and the fans for supporting it.’