Aylsham six-year-old helps towards teenage cancer charity football event
Archant Norfolk 2014
A six-year-old girl from Aylsham and her family are raising vital funds for teenagers affected by cancer in memory of a friend who died from the disease.
Jessica Garry, mum Kayleigh and Jessica’s uncle, Elliott Oxborrow, are organising the second annual Perrie Greaves Football Tournament in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
It comes following the death of their friend who lost his three-year cancer battle in November 2012 at the age of just 21.
And now Jessica, a year two pupil at John of Gaunt Infant School, is doing her bit by making and selling a selection of badges, magnets, keyrings, coasters and jewellery. So far she has raised £60.
“Proud” mum, Mrs Garry, 25, said: “Jessica came up with this lovely idea. She has been very busy, bless her.”
It is all part of an annual fundraiser, which last year saw more than £2,000 raised after 20 football teams took part in the five-a-side football tournament. And this year’s event promises to be even bigger.
The Perrie Greaves cup match will take place on July 27 at the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe, and will run alongside a family fun day, followed by a raffle and auction at the Heartsease pub - Mr Greaves’s local - with music and live bands performing.
Mrs Garry and her brother Mr Oxborrow, 22, are now appealing for help and asking people to come forward who might be interested in having a stall at the family fun day, to run alongside activities for the children and a bouncy castle.
They are also looking for sponsors and more donations of raffle prizes and auction items.
Mrs Garry said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust helped Perry and his family at the time when he needed someone the most. They knew what they were talking about and they were there for him, they comforted him and his family.”
The keen Norwich City and Liverpool supporter had lived in the Heartsease area of Norwich and attended Sprowston High School. Mr Oxborrow shared his love of football and the duo grew-up playing the sport together.
“Because they were so close, we were all friends,” Mrs Garry said. “The families were friends too and we would all have sleep overs. It seemed right for us to do the football tournament.”
• If you want to book a stall for the day or can donate anything for the raffle or auction email Mrs Garry on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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