FOOTBALL fans around Bognor Regis have vowed to keep their eyes on the prize to help raise money for a children’s hospice.
Supporters of Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea will face each other next month to boost the coffers of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
They will take each other on at Pagham FC’s Nyetimber Lane ground – and the prize for the winning side is a stunning piece of silverware provided by Bognor Regis hair salon Lotus Styling.
Owners Daren and Kate Terry, pictured above, have donated the Lotus Styling Cup, which is up for grabs at the match, which takes place on April 21.
Daren said: “We’re delighted to put up the cup to give the winning team something to hold aloft in a match that is for such a deserving cause. It should be a great day and, having been involved in previous matches, we know just how competitive it will be. Good luck to both sides.”
Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity which provides hospice care services near Arundel and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions throughout East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and south east Hampshire.
Kate knows all about raising funds for the charity. She said: “The salon helped raise £7,500 for Chestnut Tree House, which is the amount needed for just one day’s care.
“We wish the match all the success in the world and hope they raise as much money as possible.”
Long-standing Pagham FC committee member and former winger Ray Nunn, a Chelsea season ticket holder, says he expects a close match – but that the hospice will be the real winner.
He added: “Here at Pagham we are thrilled to be able to host the match and help raise money for Chestnut Tree House.
“We are a community club and this is all about making a difference withn our community.”