A ‘football marathon’ event is due to take place on 11th June at Goals Doncaster in Wheatley. The unique event is being hosted to remember the life of Barnburgh resident Andrew Sneddon, who tragically passed away, aged just 31, in February 2017. The football marathon will certainly test the endurance of those competing, but the day will not be all about the football. Local businesses such as Cream Castles and Base Beauty have kindly agreed to provide entertainment for spectators and energy supplements for the players.
Goals Doncaster are hosting the event for free and are donating four of their pitches to ensure a wonderful day for families, children and football fans alike. Those competing will be fundraising for the Doncaster branch of the Samaritans. Every six seconds, somebody calls the Samaritans. Ten times a minute, they help somebody turn their life around. Round the clock, they’re there for people who need them, any time of day or night. People can talk to them for as long as they like, as many times as they like.
Pam Thomson of the Doncaster Samaritans branch is supporting the event, commenting: “We are delighted to have been chosen to benefit from this event, it will go towards replenishing core funds we need to keep the branch in Doncaster running. For over 50 years volunteers from the branch have been supporting those in need of a listening ear when they feel there is no-one else they can talk to. We would like to extend our thanks to all those involved and for their support on the day.”
The event has been organized by friends of Andrew, who have put in numerous hours behind the scenes in order to ensure everything runs smoothly. Event organizer Dmitry Fedotov is calling for a good turnout, on what promises to be a great day: “Andrew was a wonderful person and it’s an honour to deliver something so special in his memory, whilst supporting a charity doing a wonderful job for those in need”.
If anyone is interested in being involved in the event, or for more information, please contact the event organisers via Goals Doncaster. To support the event please donate at www.justgiving.com/teams/andrew-sneddon-football-marathon