Dorset Children’s Foundation Charity Football Tournament
by Sam Davis
On Sunday, I took part in a charity football tournament which raised much needed funds for the Dorset Children’s Foundation, an independent charity which has the sole purpose of helping to improve lives of local sick and disabled children. The tournament, which took place at the Hamworthy Recreation Club, was well attended by players and supporters alike.
Next year, I will be approaching the completion of my second year of being self-employed, so I am hoping to work in some kind of percentage donation to the DCF for every website that I create, as I have first hand seen the benefits of what this amazing charity can do for young people across the area, not least with young AFC Bournemouth supporters Ethan Burney and Jacob Buckett.
These two young Junior Cherries (Ethan pictured above) have been coping admirably with their own issues with smiles constantly on their faces along the way.
After setting up the Cherries podcast “Back of the Net”, I spoke to Ethan (who has Aarskog Syndrome – a degenerative eye condition) and also Jacob (who has cerebral palsy) – they are great kids, and their parents and friends have got nothing but unanimous praise for Dorset Children’s Foundation.
At the end of the event, there was a surprise for Noah Stevenson, a little boy who suffers from a rare genetic life limiting condition Pontocerebellar hypoplasi, who is going to be taken to Disneyland with his family.
Still so emotional about today. Polite way of saying we were all crying our eyes out …Please read this post from Noah'…
This is the kind of great work the DCF do, and I’m really pleased to have been able to get involved in such a great event. As well as the football, there was music from Hospital Radio Bedside, a bouncy castle, family fun, and plenty of food and drink too. A worthy cause, so please do Like the Dorset Children’s Foundation on Facebook.
6-0, 4-3 and 2-1 wins respectively put us in a great position; we came joint second in the league!
On the pitch, I was part of an AFC Bournemouth fans team – and we drew our first match 0-0 before losing our next game 3-0. However, subsequent 6-0, 4-3 and 2-1 wins respectively put us in a great position. Sadly though, we finished off with a heavy defeat to the eventual winners of the tournament in the final group game. Whilst we did come joint second in the league, an inferior goal difference meant that we did not qualify for the semi-finals.
A great event, where lots of money was raised!