Southend United Ladies hosted their first Play it Pink fundraising event since 2019 on Sunday 22nd October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Balloons and banners covered their home ground with donations for ground entry, bake sales and a raffle. The club created their first-ever matchday programme too, which was sold to raise funds.
“We raised money for Against Breast Cancer back in 2019 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at one of our football games and haven’t had the chance to do it over the past 3 years due to COVID-19,” said Lewis Dodds, Southend United Ladies manager. “Since then, Southend United Ladies have grown as a women’s football team on and off the pitch and we wanted this to be the year we raised awareness for the charity once again.
Lewis added that he is “really proud of everyone involved in helping us raise money for such a great cause! The ladies worked really hard to put on a show for the supporters and did so winning the game. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!”
With an attendance of over 150, Southend triumphed 7-2 over their league opponents, Cheshunt FC Women, with strikers Georgia Wilson and Ellie Nicholls both scoring hat-tricks (three goals) each.
It was also an amazing day off the pitch with the ladies raising £833.10, more than tripling the amount they raised in 2019.
Thanks ever so much to Lewis and everyone involved with the Southend Play it Pink match.