England players dedicate performance to youngsters from the Teenage Cancer Trust
Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jermain Defoe will dedicate their performances during England’s match with Scotland to young cancer patients.
The England team is supporting The Football Association’s bid to raise £300,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Young people representing the trust, The FA’s official charity partner through its 150 celebrations, visited St. George’s Park on Monday to meet the Three Lions squad and take part in a special film.
England captain Gerrard spent time with Mikey Grimmett, a 13-year-old from Worcestershire, and the meeting had a huge effect on the midfielder.
Gerrard said: “I was honoured to meet Mikey. He's a lovely young lad. For someone so young to battle against cancer with such determination is a lesson to us all.
"That’s why on Wednesday night against Scotland, I’m playing for Mikey."
Goalkeeper Joe Hart got to meet Matthew Burton, aged 20, from Worcester.
Joe said: “In his 20 years, he has battled against the odds. What I find extraordinary is how Matt retains his zest for life and sense of humour during difficult times.
"His courage, drive and independent spirit are truly inspiring. One day, when his legs are stronger, I look forward to Matt returning to St. George's Park to face me in another penalty shoot out.”
Jermain Defoe is another who will be dedicating his performance on Wednesday.
"I met 16-year-old Liam Penrose. He is such a brave, spirited and hopeful teenager and with the support of the charity he has overcome a difficult period in his life. It is why on Wednesday evening I’m playing for Liam.”
Rachel Clark, aged 20, from Salford Priors was another patient who will have one of the Three Lions playing in honour of them.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I can’t imagine the emotional rollercoaster Rachel and her loved ones have been on over the last few years.
“Meeting her to support Teenager Cancer Trust’s dedicated match against Scotland was a humbling experience. It’s a small gesture but on Wednesday night I’m playing for Rachel.”
The Football Association aims to raise a minimum of £300,000 over an 18 month period for Teenage Cancer Trust to fund new specialist facilities across the South West of England, as well as education and nursing services across the rest of the country.
The England v Scotland Teenage Cancer Trust International will host a wealth of fundraising activities at Wembley in the build up to the match you can play your part by visiting www.justgiving.com/EnglandScotlandmatch
or to donate £3, please text GOAL to 70300.
Check out the video below from when the England players met the youngsters from The Teenage Cancer Trust.