An Anglesey village have shown their support for a local junior football team coach who is battling bowel cancer.
Hundreds of people turned out to support the #teamirfon charity football match in Llanfairpwll last Friday.
The event was organised to help local cancer patient and former Llanfairpwll Juniors football team coach Irfon Williams raise money for the Alaw Unit through North Wales NHS Charity Awyr Las.
The two teams were made up of the Fathers of Llanfairpwll Juniors players, who Irfon has coached for over 10 years.
The ‘Blues’, managed by Mr Picton (John Pierce Jones) – star of cult S4C comedy ‘C’mon Midffild’, were beaten 4-2 on the night by the ‘Reds’. But with over £1,500 raised during the evening, the real winner was North Wales NHS Charity Awyr Las.
The money raised is a boost for Irfon Williams’ #teamirfon fundraising campaign in aid of the Alaw Unit, where he continues to receive treatment.
The father of five is hoping to raise £20,000 for the Alaw Unit through Awyr Las, after being inspired to fundraise following the wonderful care he received while undergoing chemotherapy on the Unit earlier this year.
The 43 year old has already raised over £4,000 through a sponsored ‘wigathon’, which saw him wear a different wacky wig every day over a two week period.
“I’m really humbled that so many people turned out to support this event.”
The fundraiser was hailed a huge success by organiser Rhys Howard-Hughes . He said:
“Irfon’s always prepared to give his own time to help others so we were keen to do something to support him.”
“Many people from the village have been touched by the care delivered on the Alaw Unit and we know that some of the extras provided through Awyr Las can make a huge difference.”
A number of fundraising events have been planned to support #teamirfon over the next few months, including a sponsored swim across the Menai Straits, a charity auction, a ‘walkathon’and charity head shave.
If you’d like to support #teamirfon, please visit www.justgiving.com/teamirfon.