HISTORY OF FFC
We are 'Football for Cancer', a non profit fundraising charity that raises money for local Cancer related charities and families by hosting events throughout the year. Founded in 2008 our initial strategy was to hold a yearly knockout football tournament. Over 2 weekends, 60 players formed 4 teams each of which was named after someone that had passed away or was suffering as a result of Cancer. The tournament created so much interest that the following year it doubled in size to 120 players. This made 8 teams, covering 4 weekends. Each player paid a £60 entry fee to take part in the competition as well as personally raising as much as possible through sponsorship money.
The games were all held at local football clubs. The personalised kits, trophies and match day programmes were all sponsored by local businesses. Our aim is not only to raise a lot of money and at the same time have fun doing it, but also to build a community of players, sponsors and supporters who can take part in our events and help raise awareness of the local charities we try to support.
A short history of our achievements: Since inception we have raised over £1,000,000 (Yes 1 Million!), we have held 9 tournaments, 3 one off matches at Portsmouth Football Club, as well as many raffles and buckets collections. Walk for Cancer is an event held each year which helps us raise the amazing sums that we are now achieving. We are now nearing our Fourth 'Fight for Cancer' boxing tournament at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. 2 Skydives have been completed as well as 3 Darts tournaments. In our first year (2009) we raised over £14,000 for Marie Curie Cancer care. In 2010 we chose the Rowans Hospice, this is a charity close to many peoples hearts in Portsmouth and managed to raise £32,000. In 2011 we focused on the Rosemary Foundation which was a small foundation offering a free hospice care at home service, this was urgently in need of funds. Given the financial constraints being felt in 2011 we were delighted to be able to hand over £22,000. In 2012 we raised £27,000 for the Tom Prince trust. 2013 saw us hand over a cheque for £33,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support and in 2104 we made a staggering £50,000 which was presented to the children's charity Naomi House.
Since 2015 we have become our own Charity with our own unique charity number 1155194 registered with Companies House and the Charity Commission, this allows us to support local families by giving means tested grants from £100 to £500 and in some rare cases even higher. We have built a great team of people who organise our events by generously giving their time, we are also proud to have gained support from many companies and local football clubs.
HOW WE STARTED
Football for cancer was founded in 2008 by Raymond Ogilvie. He had recently lost his 15 year old cousin Samantha Wray to Osteosarcoma the most common form of bone cancer, and received news that Mrs Katherine Wood a mentor who had helped to shape his young life, was also suffering from cancer, she later passed away whilst staying in The Rowans Hospice. Ray Says '' I started FFC because I had recently lost family members and close friends to cancer, at the time it seemed that everyone I spoke to knew someone who was struck down with cancer. With statistics showing that someone in the UK dies from Cancer every 4 minutes, the realisation that in one way or another everyone will be affected by this disease, I decided there and then that I had to do something to help the cause.
Football has always been one of my passions there has been many a family occasion where I've arrived late and sweaty still in my football kit (sorry mum) surely there was a way I could raise money whilst doing something I love, football'' After speaking with his Family the idea of a knockout football tournament was decided upon, with the raised money going to different charities every year, FFC- Football for Cancer was born. Ray recruited his mum Linnete Ogilvie to deal with the admin, paperwork and emails, whilst Ray would use his football connections from many years on the pitch to secure, players, officials and grounds to host the tournament.
WHAT WE AIM TO ACHIEVE
To build a community of players, sponsors and supporters to take part in our yearly event and alongside our other charity events, doing what they can to fight this awful disease that has and does affect so many, All the team have worked very hard over the last few years to make this as successful as possible, to allow us to go to another level in the fundraising stakes we have managed to achieve CHARITY STATUS. This means we are now a registered charity in our own right no. 1155194. A huge thank you to all those involved in making this happen. We now have a full time staff member to push us to the next level, to market and advertise our events to attract new supporters thus raising more money to help more families
The only way is up for this fantastic charity
THIS IS FFC
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