29 November 2012
Liverpool Ladies have helped play their part in a charity fundraiser by donating 7 of last seasons shirts as kit, as well as sponsoring a lucky team who took part in a charity football competition and fun day.
The tournament in Dartford, was organised to help raise money for Joey Robson who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. An MRI scan after a recent operation showed Joe will need further treatment to save his life, but the necessary treatment required is only available in America, and although the NHS will pay for the cost of the Proton Therapy treatment, they will not foot the bill for his living costs whilst over there, and will not pay for his young family and wife Hayley to travel out to support him during the treatment.
The tournament was helped organised by Tony Constable, who hailed the day as a great success and was very grateful for the role Liverpool Ladies Football Club played, saying:
“Out of all the teams I wrote to, which is probably about 200 from around the world, Liverpool by far were the best club to help support such a huge occasion. Many of the clubs understandably support the main charities but I cannot express enough how much Liverpool mean to us to support a local fund raising event for such a big, big cause.”
The day’s events included a football tournament, face-painting, and a charity auction, amongst many others, and so far looks to have reached its fundraising target of £10,000 to help support Joe’s treatment in Florida.
The Liverpool Ladies sponsored side was represented by Jenna, Sarah, Simone, Lila and Charlotta, along with Tony in goal, who were up against all male sides, with many semi-pro players from the Blue Square Bet Leagues taking part. The girls were the only predominantly female team out of 20, and still managed to score four goals in their five games.
Tony has known Joe since primary school and said: “He is the most decent person you could ever meet and he worships his family. For someone who is now just 29 to go through all this straight after getting married and having 2 gorgeous daughters is terrible, but along with his family, friends and myself, we just hope we have done enough to help him get the treatment he needs.”
Liverpool Ladies FC are extremely proud to offer their support and promote their association with this event.
By Mitch Francis.