The family and friends of eight-year-old Harrison Staines, who died of leukaemia in 2001, have raised a fantastic £600 in his memory.
36 teams, featuring players aged from seven to 16, took part in the Park Regis Youth Football Club (Y.F.C.) annual Harrison Staines memorial seven-a-side tournament.
As well as cake, sweets and raffle stalls, the day included a one minute silence for Harrison, whereby each age group stood on the relevant pitch and honoured his memory. Following this, the referee blew his whistle and the games commenced!
Park Regis Y.F.C. chair person and tournament co-ordinator Tracey Sandy has been organising the annual football tournament since 2000, and the club has previously donated the money raised to various other children’s charities.
However for the past three years the Park Regis Y.F.C. has donated to CLIC Sargent, and has so far raised a fantastic £1,800 for children and young people with cancer.
A passion for football
Tracey said: “My daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) as a child and is now 26 years old, so CLIC Sargent is personally very close to my heart.
“Harrison had ALL and was a young lad who played football in my son’s team. He never let his leukaemia stop his passion for football and playing with his team mates.”
Make a difference
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Charlie Straker said: “We are so grateful to have the continuing support of the Staines’ family and everyone at Park Regis Y.F.C.
“This event is a lovely way for family and friends to come together and fundraise in memory of Harrison. Thank you to everyone involved.”