Borough go extra mile for a great cause

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Gosport Borough have rallied together to raise money for a charity cause close to one of their players.

The club decided to donate their fundraising from 2014 to The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Many Gosport Borough youngsters got involved in a three-legged walk, along with their coaches, managers and adult players from the club.

The event was organised after player Jade Kennedy’s mum, Karen, sadly died last year.

Jade has been with Gosport Borough since the age of 10 and played for them throughout the junior league, winning champions medals with GB Tornadoes.

She is now 15 and plays in the adult league with GB Devils.

Borough head coach Jannene Taylor felt the club rallied round for the good cause.

She said: ‘We organised and took part in a three-legged walk from Lee-on-the-Solent to Gilkicker, raising money along the way and gaining sponsorship money from the junior members’ family and friends.

‘We felt, as a club, after raising money in 2013 for another club GB members’ parent, the Alzheimer’s Society, that our fundraising for 2014 would be for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, after one of our members sadly lost their mum.’

‘Jade’s mother and father watched Jade play every week when she played in the junior league

‘When she made the step up to the adult league last year, her parents were very proud.

‘But at the start of last year her mother became very ill. Her parents asked if she could still come to netball.

‘The club felt she needed us and netball to help her.

‘Karen Kennedy, Jade’s mother, died in the spring of 2014 and again her father asked if she could still carry on playing to help her through her grieving.’

Taylor added: ‘Two months later, Jade helped Gosport Borough Devils gain promotion to division four and then win a summer tournament.

‘I think, and hope, that her netball has helped her through her grieving,’ said Taylor.

‘The walk was a great day with Jade’s father and two grandmothers joining in with the walk.

‘I would like to thank everybody involved with Gosport Borough Netball Club. I’m very proud of them all.

‘We raised nearly £672 and we presented Jade with the cheque down at the netball courts.’

And Jade’s dad, Jason, is particularly grateful to Jannene and the club.

He said: ‘Jannene did a fantastic job in organising such a super day, for a great cause.

‘The Roy Castle Lung Foundation is the only charity specific to Lung Cancer which was what sadly took the precious life of Jade’s mum.’