21 pics from a fundraising football event which helped raise £10,000 for St Annes toddler with brain tumour

Take a look at the pictures from a fundraising football match held in honour of a St Annes toddler suffering from a brain tumour.

On Friday, July 28, the community gathered around the family of 3-year-old Verity Raynor for an important fundraising event after what has been “the worst two years” of their lives.

Verity, known by friends and family as ‘Voo Voo’, was diagnosed with a glioma of the optic pathway when she was just one year old and has had continuous chemotherapy ever since.

Family friend Ryan Smith, also known as Big Ry’, held the fundraising charity match hoping to raise enough funds for the family to go away when Verity feels better.

Commenting on the event, Verity’s mum Lilly Jordan said: “Wow what a fabulous evening, we are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and such a supportive community.

"We can’t thank our best friends Ryan Smith, Claire Marie Crooks and Luke Halstead enough for all of their hard work and dedication to making the event so successful

"Thank you to everyone that came, donated prizes, balloons, candy carts, and got involved in the raffle. Your support means the world to us!

“Verity is such a lucky little girl to have the whole of Blackpool behind her!”

The football match comes after another family friend, Luke Halstead held a charity boxing match earlier this year for the same cause, with both Luke and Ry’ captaining up the respective football teams on Friday night.

Big Ry’ told the Gazette: “It went brilliantly, nearly 300 people came and we raised 10 grand from both events! I’m also going to host a 10k in November so look out for it.”

Photographer Grassroots Media Channel was there on the night to capture the scenes, take a look below:

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