Meon Milton Youth FC in Portsmouth has organised the family day for Elliott Spencer and us to mark the tenth anniversary of Elliott’s father Gary’s death from the devastating disease at the age of just 52, and to celebrate his young daughter Harper’s recovery from meningitis.
Elliott, 28, of Copsey Grove, Portsmouth, said, “Harper’s illness brought back some bad memories for us all and this is why I strive to fundraise and make a difference."
“Meon Milton Youth FC has put on this annual charity game and fundraising day every year since my dad died. All the managers play, it’s a minimum of £10 to take part and there’s a presentation afterwards with a cup."
“It’s always an amazing day although even after 10 years I find it tough. He was a great dad, partner, son, brother, grandad and friend to us all. With it being 10 years since he passed this year is going to be extra special.”
Elliott, who ran the London Marathon for us in April, raising £3,000, to add to £12,000 he’s already raised, added, “Meningitis Now does such great work raising awareness of this disease and supporting those who have been affected – please come along to our family day and support us to help kick meningitis off the park.”
The day is shared with the local Tom Prince Cancer Trust charity, who also stage a fundraising game in memory of one of their players who died from bone cancer aged 15.
Elliott added, “They’re a charity close to my heart as well because my dad was a graphic designer and he designed their logo for them.”
Lots of other activities
Gates for the charity day open at the club’s grounds at Eastney Playing Fields (PO4 9DA) at midday on Sunday 30 June, with the two games kicking off at 2pm and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be lots of other activities taking place, including face painting, bar and barbecue, bouncy castle and raffle. Entrance is free.
If you’re in the area why not go along for what promises to be a great day out? Take your boots too, you may get a chance to make an impact from the subs’ bench!