A local man is co-hosting a charity football match, as well as running the London Marathon, to raise money for United Response, a national charity which supports people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health needs.

Jack Webb, 20, from Chertsey, is organising the football match to help him meet his London Marathon fundraising target of £1,500.

He is co-hosting the match alongside his friends Rob Taylor and Abi Close, who are raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer.

All the money raised from the match will be split evenly between the two charities.

Jack is a student at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. His studies have been put on hold for a year to recover from major surgery, which he underwent in early 2015.

His recovery has inspired him to set himself new personal goals, pushing himself to the limit while raising money for United Response.

Jack said:

“Having recently recovered from a temporary but serious illness, I have come to realise just how lucky I am and not to take things for granted. I am supporting United Response to enable them to bridge the gap between people with and without disabilities so that one day everyone can rightly be treated as equal no matter who they are.” 

Before his illness, Jack was an avid young footballer.

“I am hosting the charity football match because football is something very close to my heart. Between my surgery in early 2015 and now my marathon training, I have not played properly in about a year. This should be a great opportunity to get back on the pitch for ninety minutes and have a good laugh! It will be nice to take my mind off the rigours of marathon training for a short time.

“Obviously the primary objective of the day is to raise awareness of two great charities and a cracking amount of money too! We hope to get as many people involved in the fundraising as possible and feel a football match is a great way to do so,” Jack said.

The match will take place on Sunday 20 March, at the Matthew Arnold Sports Centre in Staines, kicking off at 2pm. It is £10 to participate and spectators are welcome to watch for free. All extra donations on the day will be gratefully received. Further activities will include a raffle and a ‘kids vs. dads’ game at half-time.

Jack, Rob and Abi are still looking for more players! 

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