Kind-hearted sons plan a 24-hour football match in aid of cancer unit

Charity event by Macfarlans. (Back)L\R; Colin Kennedy, Niall Sweeney, Jason Moore, Martin Elliott, Stuart Baker. (Front)L\R; Paul Miller, Steve Ward. 888B
Charity event by Macfarlans. (Back)L\R; Colin Kennedy, Niall Sweeney, Jason Moore, Martin Elliott, Stuart Baker. (Front)L\R; Paul Miller, Steve Ward. 888B

BROTHERS have organised a 24-hour football match in aid of a cancer unit at Nottingham City Hospital.

Jason and Simon Moore made the decision to raise money for the clinical haematology unit because their mum, Elaine, 60, is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma.

Jason, 36, said: “We have been astounded at the cost to the NHS of this and in particular, how expensive stem-cell transplants are, which form a part of her treatment.

“With this in mind, we are trying to raise as much money as possible to try and help improve facilities on the ward and make the patients’ stay on this ward as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.”

The lengthy football match will take place at Powerleague in Nottingham, with the teams captained by the brothers.

Kick-off is at noon tomorrow (Saturday) and the final whistle will be blown by Elaine at noon on Sunday. She will then hand out awards to the players, who are all family, friends and workmates.

Jason and Simon, 32, have 36 signed up, which means the players can rest their tired legs after eight hours’ playing.

Already the pair have raised over £4,500 in sponsorship.

Jason, who works at Macfarlane Group in Alma Park Road, Grantham, said: “We started off just wanting to raise about £500 to buy a few DVDs, etc, for the ward to help keep the patients entertained, but we are now up to £4,500 so it would be nice to get a DVD player in each room because some patients are kept to their bed for a week to months and day-time TV is not my idea of fun!

“The amount we’ve raised now is amazing and will help us provide a lot more for the ward.”

If you would like to help the brothers in their fund-raising quest, visit www.lovefootballforcancer.co.uk