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Young Deans swap footballs for bikes in aid of Horndean charity

02 May 2018

IT WAS a team effort’ is a well-used cliché in football but that was definitely the case when all 11 members of a youth team got on their bikes in aid of a Horndean charity.

Members of the Horndean under-11s team raised £1,000 for Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal (HHHA) after completing a sponsored cycle ride from Portsdown Hill to Five Heads Park.

Six fathers also took part in the five-mile cycle from The George ahead of the Deans’ home match against Portland.

The boys raised £900 in sponsorship and collected a further £96 en-route, with £4 being thrown into the pot to bring the sum up to a nice round figure.

Lea Jackson, of the club’s main sponsor Jackson Groundworks, said he was proud of the boys and called the ride “good fun”.

He said: “Some of them put up on Facebook that they were going to do the ride so a lot of their parents and friends drove up and down London Road honking their horns and cheering them on.

“We also took a couple of buckets along with us and that raised £96, so we rounded up the donation to £1,000.”

Mr Jackson added: “It’s the first cycle ride we’ve done but the boys have done two sponsored walks and we’re always looking to help the HHHA as it’s such a good cause.”

The charity was launched in the mid-2000s by Pam Marshall, in memory of her nine-year-old daughter Hannah, who died after a battle with cancer.

The good cause provides families with terminally and seriously ill children with a break in a luxurious holiday home within driving distance of hospitals in Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth.

The club’s next big fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 27, as Five Heads Park will host the annual Jon Hankey Tournament.

Proceeds from the event, held in memory of the late Royal Marine from Clanfield, will be split between HHHA, Fun Booth and Help Our Wounded Royal Marines.