Monday, 08 January 2018

From Toby ‘Jugster’ Davidson

To all my friends and colleagues around the Home Counties Premier League

As we all know, every 2 years the BBC supports the ‘Sport Relief’ charity. For the last 10 years, I have helped raise money for the charity by going without my lunch on Presidents Day at Tring Park and instead dressed up in some ridiculously garish pink shorts to walk at least 4 times round the boundary, much to the amusement of players and visitors alike. 

In 2016, I decided to extend this by going without my lunch at every HCPL match, aiming to raise £1000 for the cause, which was eventually achieved thanks to the league chairman finally working out how to use my justgiving page! (Thank you Martin). I always looked at this as a donation from the league rather than merely my own contribution. I will be doing it again during the 2018 season.

However, some of my friends will not be aware that I was also diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and am currently going through chemotherapy at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Whilst there, I have taken tremendous comfort from the Maggy’s Centre as a respite from all my troubles. It is therefore my intention to split any money I can raise during the 2018 season between the two groups.

All clubs I scored at during the 2016 season were very supportive of my efforts and I hope that this generosity will continue. Earning such money as a tenner for stripping to my pants in front of the catering staff at Banbury makes all the effort worthwhile. I would simply ask if all clubs would be prepared to support myself and the worthwhile charities by putting a poster in their clubhouse during the 2018 season in an attempt to replicate the £1000 raised last time.

I send you all my very best wishes for the festive period and look forward to seeing you all 2018.

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