Football fans hope to score big for hospice funds

The winners in last year's Arsenal side celebrate their win SUS-150503-141408001
The winners in last year's Arsenal side celebrate their win SUS-150503-141408001

FOOTBALL fans have a goal of giving a hospice a fundraising boost by staging a charity match.

Supporters of Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea will clash to help support the care offered by St Wilfrid’s Hospice at Chichester.

Two teams made up of followers from the Bognor Regis area will face each other at Pagham FC’s Nyetimber Lane ground on April 5. The kick-off will be 11.30am.

Daren Terry, owner of Bognor hair salon Lotus Styling, is supplying the silverware for the match again after last year’s successful game.

Charlie Welling, the Gunners’ manager for the day, said: “Last season, we beat Tottenham fans to win the inaugural Lotus Styling Challenge Cup and raised almost £800.

“It’s a great bit of fun and supports such a worthy cause.”

Chelsea boss for the game, Andy Miles, said: “It’s going to be a real contest on the day because of the rivalry between the two clubs but the real winner will be St Wilfrid’s and that’s all that matters.”

Pagham spokesman Ray Nunn, a Chelsea fan, says the club is delighted to host the event.

“We look forward to a brilliant day with loads of people coming to watch and digging deep for charity,” he said.