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Misbehaving footballers raise hundreds for Bournemouth charity
LINE UP: Jacques and Tony Bernard, centre left and right, receive a cheque from Tony Kitley, director of Soccer Solutions and players in the league
MISBEHAVING football players have helped raise hundreds of pounds for charity.
The £925 has been presented to the Steve Bernard Foundation by Soccer Solutions, which runs six-a-side matches at the Sir David English Centre in Bournemouth.
The foundation was set in up in memory of talented local footballer Steve who died in a car accident in 2005.
Dad, Tony, said: “I think Steve would have been amused at the thought of players giving donations in his name when they commit offences and get a yellow card.
“It’s a really great idea though. We’re very grateful to Bob Kitley of Soccer Solutions for coming up with the idea of a football swear box.
“We have received around £2,000 over the past three years.”
Tony added: “It’s nearly eight years since Stevie died. It has been amazing to think all that time has gone by.
“It’s still incredibly difficult. We protect ourselves as a family through humour and the work of the foundation but sometimes we let our guard down. We have our bad days of course.”
He paid tribute to all those who had supported SBF, which raises money for young people to develop their talent and potential.
“So many people have helped us. Big companies, youngsters, pensioners. Without them we wouldn’t be anything.”
Steve’s mum, Sue, is taking part in the Mayor’s Firewalk on November 3 at the Miramar Hotel to raise money.
The foundation is one of the mayor’s chosen charities for this year.
SBF received donations from numerous quarters recently, including £500 from Poole High School, the Grange football team with matching sponsorship from Barclays, and Chichester University (where Steve was studying).
“They also presented me with a signed football shirt, which was the last soccer top that Stevie wore,” said Tony.
“That was a very emotional thing. I had no idea the shirt existed.”
- The foundation has given donations to numerous good causes recently, including Burley and Hinton Admiral cricket clubs, South Coast Tigers wheelchair basketball, Burton YFC, Chichester Uni, Bourne Brilliant, Wimborne Sagittari archers.
It has also sent sports kits to Zambia, Uganda and Swaziland.
For more see sbf.co.uk
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