24-hour charity football match raises thousands for the Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal

In an impressive display of community spirit, Garon Park in Southend played host to a 24-hour charity football match, raising an impressive £3,521.50 for two local causes. The driving force behind the mammoth game was local fundraiser and Kursaal Confelicity candidate Lee Clark, his football team The Farke Knight Rises FC and Stockvale United. Their combined commitment to making a positive impact in the community shone through on a very rainy Sunday.

The event drew in locals who played their part in various football matches, uniting for well-deserving local charitable causes. Primary beneficiaries of the match were Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation whose current appeal, the Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal aims to raise £600,000 to revolutionise radiotherapy treatment at Southend Hospital. The Liam Taylor Legacy Fund which is dedicated to distributing emergency life-saving bleed kits throughout the local area also benefited from funds raised.

The initial kick-off at 8 am on Sunday morning was attended by the Southend Mayor Stephen Habermel who scored the first goal of the match. The mayor’s involvement emphasised the significance of community leaders rallying behind such important causes in the local community.

Event organiser Lee Clark said: “Seeing everyone show up today for such great causes in our local community means a lot to me. We can all get involved in helping others and the volume of people that have signed-up to take part and support just goes to show the power of coming together to make positive change”.

The funds raised during the 24-hour football marathon will undoubtedly contribute significantly to both Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation and the Liam Taylor Legacy Fund’s ongoing efforts.

For further information, or to support either appeal, visit: www.spotlightappeal.org and www.theliamtaylorlegacy.org.uk