Footballers raise £12,000 in honour of team-mate’s sister
A TEENAGERS' football team has raised nearly £12,000 for charity in honour of Fishponds business owner's daughter.
Longwell Green U16s collected the incredible sum through sponsorship for a charity fun run last month.
Team member Ted Hill-Nelmes, 15, inspired team mates to participate to help charity Anthony Nolan.
The charity started the world’s first stem cell register and found a bone marrow donor for Ted's sister, Phoebe, 18, two years ago when she was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Within 24 hours the charity had taken the bone marrow from a donor match in Germany and performed the transplant for Phoebe.
Ted and Phoebe's dad, Andy Hill, runs Surecar garage in Fishponds and has sponsored the football team’s kit on numerous occasions.
He said: "From the outset people got together to raise money. It really is a fantastic charity and hopefully the money will help future proof things for other young people who need treatment.”
Phoebe came along to support the U16s team on the day of the fun run in her honour.
Andy said: “It was the first time she’d been out anywhere.
"She was on the clinically vulnerable list last year and is in and out of hospital doing a clinical trial.
"I think she was pleased about the effort everyone had gone to."
Four parents and 12 youngsters joined in the 5.7k Battle of Lansdown fun run, which included 41 obstacles. Participants had to go down a giant hill slide into a water pit, make their way across monkey bars and rope swings and crawl through tunnels.
Ken Major from Longwell Green went along to support his son Jack, 15.
He said: “All the boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves getting wet and covered in mud, although I’m not sure the adults did! They looked shattered at the end.
“The amount they’ve raised is unbelievable, plus there’s about £2,000 gift aid on top of that.
“Andy put a video out online which a lot of his business customers saw and the JustGiving site went ballistic.
“We contacted Anthony Nolan and they sent t-shirts for everyone to wear on the day. They’ve been really supportive.”
To donate to the team’s fundraising page go to justgiving.com/team/Longwell-Green-U16s-Football-Team.
For more information about the Anthony Nolan charity visit its website at anthonynolan.org.