The wife of a marine currently serving in Afghanistan has called on people to support our frontline troops as she organises a fundraising match for the forces charity Help for Heroes.
Bedfont mum Emma Ronan, 27, is working with pals of her husband, Lee, to arrange the charity event at Hanworth Villa's Rectory Meadow ground.
"This is Lee's first time in a conflict situation and it is very hard not to spend the whole time worrying," said Mrs Ronan, who lives in The Gardens, with her two-year-old daughter Erin. "Organising this is taking a lot of effort but it's better than moping at home. It's a great cause and although we all hope we'll never need their help it is comforting to know they're there."
The match between the Royal Marines and Chelsea Old boys will take place on Sunday, December 7, and will feature familiar names, including Clive Walker and Dave Lee.
As well as making money from ticket sales, Emma and the other organisers have lined up a raffle, refreshments and children's entertainment and are hoping to raise at least £5,000 with every penny collected going straight to Help the Heroes, which supports injured servicemen and their families.
Marine Tommy McPhee, who is also organising the event, said: "It's just such a great cause and I know we'll get a lot of support because everyone around here is very pro-forces. It means a lot to us to see people wearing the wrist bands and I'm sure we'll get a good turn out."
Tickets for the match cost £3 and must be bought in advance. For more information call Emma on 07765 258 457. The organisers are hoping as many people as possible will travel by public transport. There is easy access to the grounds, in Park Road, Hanworth, from the 111, H25 and 290 bus routes.
For more information about Help for Heroes visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk