Portsmouth-based charity, Football for Cancer, has donated £5,000 to our Cosham centre's minibus appeal as part of its 'five days of giving' initiative.

Ben Brown visited the centre to present the cheque which will go towards buying a dedicated bus to help anyone living with a cancer diagnosis on the Isle of Wight get to the QA Hospital for their treatment.

Tina Randall, who manages the centre, said:

Unfortunately cancer treatment isn't available on the Isle of Wight which means people have to make costly trips, sometimes as often as five times a week, to hospital on the mainland. We provide a free bus, driven by volunteers, from Southsea to the QA Hospital four times a day and there are generally about ten people on it each time, so it's a much needed and valuable resource. Our current bus is leased and getting quite old, so we're fundraising to buy our own dedicated vehicle.

Football for Cancer's event manager, Ray Ogilivie, said:

Every year we run 'five days of giving' where each day we present a cheque for £5,000 to a deserving charity in our local area. We'd heard about the amazing work Wessex Cancer Trust does in providing counselling, befriending, complementary therapies and support groups to people living with cancer, and how important its bus service is, so we were delighted we could help. 

Established in 2008, Football for Cancer has grown from a single tournament to a charity which is close to raising almost £1million for local cancer charities through its grant scheme, fundraising events and shop.

To donate to the minibus appeal, visit www.wessexcancer.org.uk/portsmouth-transport.

To get involved with Football for Cancer, visit www.ffcevents.com