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It’s all in the game of charity

23 June, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

The Hawks old boys proved too much for Soccaroonies

THE organiser of a charity match supported by scores of professional footballers says the family fun day “achieved its main goal” of raising vital awareness for good causes.

Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere and Southend United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, who grew up on Cumberland Market estate in Regent’s Park, were among the players who donated signed shirts and memorabilia to raffle off in aid of the Soccaroonies Do Suicide Awareness and Narcolepsy UK match day, which was held at Market Road in Islington on Sunday.

Tony Hassan with Cameron Paton, who bought a signed picture of Ajax and Netherlands star Danny Blind

The game was organised by Anthony’s old gaffer Tony Hassan, who coached him when he played for the mighty Hawks Athletic in the Camden and Islington Youth League

The highlight of the event was a special match between former Hawks players and footballers from Tony’s new team, Soccaroonies.

Anthony was due to play, but had to pull out after undergoing surgery to cure a niggling hamstring injury.

It seems that the Hawks didn’t miss their star player too much, however, as they still ran out 7-4 victors.

But the big winners were the charities after the event raised almost £2,000.

Tony said that he was “absolutely thrilled” with how well the day went, adding that the money raised was secondary to the publicity that both Suicide Awareness and Narcolepsy UK received.

Cheering on the charity day

“We’ve raised £1,700 and counting – which is absolutely fantastic,” he said. “We also managed to raise some money for the Grenfell Tower fire victims. It was such a devastating tragedy and our thoughts go out to all those affected.

“I want to thank everyone for their support. I’m delighted to have raised so much money. But, more importantly, we’ve raised awareness for two charities that need it.

“At the beginning of the year, a couple of kids that I trained lost their lives to suicide, which really affects everybody.

“That’s why I picked Suicide Awareness.

“I picked Narcolepsy UK because it’s a condition that not many people are aware of. Hopefully events like this will change that.”


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