Former Uckfield Grasshoppers come together to play fund-raising match

Former members of Uckfield Grasshoppers junior football club came together yesterday to play a fund-raising match to help one of their friends.

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Former Grasshoppings junior football club members come together for fund-raising match to help one of their friends. They are, back row, from left: Coach Keith Rathborn, Callum Barnshaw, George Carter, Ben Spillard, Harry Crisp, Toby Aldred, James Leppenwell, Will Marlow, Charlie Payne, George Bacon, Max Stapley, Ciaran Brown, Henry Grace, Luis Semple, Tom Underwood, and coach Phil Aldred. Front row, from left, are Josh Holden, Cian O’Hara, Harrison Rathborn, Max Williams, Max Aldred, Erik Johnson, Sam Aldis, Shaun Trueman, James Hope, Nick Parsons.

The footballers were supporting Max Aldred who is heading to Tanzania at the end of the month as a volunteer with Operation Raleigh’s WASH project.

The project aims to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in rural communities in order to improve people’s overall health.

Max is a former St Philip’s Primary School, and Uckfield Community Technology College, student, who has recently graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University. His brother Toby also played in the football match.

Max said: “Providing people in developing countries with access to safe drinking water, effective sanitation and education on the importance of good hygiene practice is one of the most cost effective ways of achieving real, positive results with regard to health, livelihoods and social impact.

“I am looking forward to helping with the project and experiencing the challenges and rewards of living and working in a very different culture.

“I would like to than those who have support me through their donations. I would especially like to thank Uckfield Grasshoppers, The Uckfield Lions Club and Freedom Leisure for their generosity.”

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