Emilio Doran
Emilio Doran
Emilio brings Marsh Green together in aid of Hospice
14 July 2011
The Marsh Green community have come together to back a young people’s football tournament raising money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The unusual thing? The event was organised by a boy of just nine years old.

Football mad Emilio Doran from Marsh Green decided that he wanted to take his passion for his number one hobby and use it to raise money for a good cause.

So Emilio designed his own posters and rallied young people and the community to attend a charity football tournament.

Scores of young people and their parents came along and after charging 50p per player and organising a raffle for their parents, Emilio raised a total of £30 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Tony Russell, a youth worker from Wigan Council’s Positive Activities for Young People team, said: “Emilio is football mad and said to me that he wanted to organise a tournament. It was his idea to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice because of the good work they do.

“He’s done everything from asking his teachers at Marsh Green Community Primary if he could use the field for the tournament to designing his own posters. The event really made the community come together.”

Maxine Armstrong, Wigan and Leigh Hospice community fundraising officer, said: “It is excellent what people like Emilio do and if it weren’t for them then the Hospice would not be able to continue.

“For someone of his age to take this on and organise it himself is really impressive.”

The event was supported by Wigan Council’s Positive Activities for Young People Team, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Marsh Green Community Primary School and local police.
Other young people from the area also gave their time to referee and marshal the games.

Tim Rees, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Community Sports Coach who offered his support for the tournament, said: “It was great to see the local community come down to support the kids and they responded brilliantly. The games would have given United v Chelsea a run for their money!

“It was also good to see older lads get involved to help referee and officiate, they were really helpful.

“This kind of partnership work is having a positive impact on the Marsh Green community. The fact that all the money raised is being donated is the cherry on top.”