Blues defender makes a heart warming gesture for Fleetwood Town game at Roots HallSouthend United defender Adam Barrett will be making dreams come true at the Blues next home game with Fleetwood Town on Saturday 9th April .
‘Mr Southend’ as he is known to many, has donated an executive box to Havens Hospices for the clash at Roots Hall on Saturday April 9 while two youngsters, who are both being helped by Havens will also be mascots on the day, thanks to the generosity of match sponsors AJ Chambers.
And Havens’ Community Fundraiser Sally Bridger remains incredibly grateful for the support.
“Getting to be a mascot at your local football team’s home game is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’re so grateful that match sponsors AJ Chambers suggested giving some of the children we care for at Little Havens that experience,” said Bridger.
“To top it off the children and their families will get to watch the match in a box thanks to Adam Barrett which is fantastic.”
Four-year-old Rafferty Binns, who has been coming to Little Havens Hospice since he was three months old, will be mascot on the day along with Rory Sharpe.
Rory, who is seven, attends Krafty Kids, a sibling support group run by Little Havens for children who have a parent, sibling or someone important in their life who is ill or has died.
And Blues’ defender Barrett was happy to have been able to help.
“When I was at the club previously I always tried to do a lot for Little Havens because it’s a fantastic facility,” said Barrett.
“It’s only when you come here that you can truly appreciate what they do for the children and their families.
“I just wanted to be able to give them something back so I got in touch about the donation.
“I hope those who are coming enjoy the day and hopefully they can bring us a bit of luck as well so we can get a victory for them.”
Barrett’s donation has come through his Players Football Academy while AJ Chambers’ finance recruitment specialists have also added their support.
And managing director Andrew Hilliard was delighted to have got involved.
“We’re really excited about this event and what Adam is doing is amazing,” said Hilliard.
“It should be a great day and I’ve partnered Havens Hospices for a long time now so I’m glad to be able to do something like this to help them.”
Dan Frith, from DJC Property Management, has also given a donation to the charity after contacting Barrett to kick start the project.
“Last November I saw something on the TV and contacted Adam, who I have been friends with for a while now, to see what we could do,” said Frith.
“It all went from there and I’m pleased to have helped it happen and to give a donation towards such a great cause.