Monday 23rd July, 2018

Young footballers stand up to cancer

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Young people who attend a Cambridge youth group have decided to make a stand against cancer by organising a 12 hour charity football match to raise over £500 to help fight the disease.

The youngsters, all aged 13-14 years old, attend the ‘Vinery Rec Football’ group, which is run by youth workers from Romsey Mill and C3 Church, every Monday night, on the Recreation Ground by Vinery Road, in Romsey.

The group decided to organise a 12 hour footballing marathon, which took place on Monday 23rd July, (between 8am and 8pm) taking on a different team, every hour, to help raise funds for Stand up to Cancer.

Rich Beckett, youth development worker with Romsey Mill said: “The group has been running for a year, but in recent weeks, the boys have been thinking about do something different that would help others in their community. We had a chat with them, and as most of them have known a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer in some way, the choice was made to put on a fundraising event to fight cancer.”

Rich added: “We always encourage these lads to step out of their comfort zone, and take on challenges in a really positive way – so the idea to have a 12 hour match was a great one.”

The team played 6-a-side matches from 8am to 8pm, against local works teams, churches and other youth groups.

Richard said: “The lads were amazing! It was the hottest day of the year and they saw it through. I’m so proud of the, and what they have achieved. Thank you to all the teams that took part and all of the volunteers that provided food, drinks and encouragement throughout the day.”

 Rich added: “We have raised over £500, and people can still make a donation via the team’s online giving page:www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sponsoredfootballmatch.”