Old boys game to raise medical funds for Jennings
An old boys double-header will be held at Bernard Park on Saturday to assist with former footballer Mark (Burger) Jennings’ medical expenses.
Jennings’ former clubs North Village, Devonshire Cougars and Hamilton Parish have come together to put on the second annual Triangular Football Fundraising matches, with funds raised helping to support Jennings’ overseas medical expenses. He had part of his right foot amputated last year and is due for a follow-up visit with doctors in June.
The matches will see Hamilton Parish playing North Village’s Corona team at 2pm and Devonshire Cougars taking on North Village Masters team at 4pm, with participating players asked to donate $20 to the cause. Former referee Stuart Crockwell will again donate his services.
“We thought we would put on this event to assist him with his medical expenses,” said North Village president Shervin Dill who is part of the fundraising committee along with Allen Smith from North Village, Patricia Hayward and Dennis Williams from Devonshire Recreation Club and Jude Burgess from Hamilton Parish.
“He was a junior coach at North Village for a number of years and came up through the ranks at North Village as a youth player and his contribution to North Village has been fairly significant over the years particularly from the coaching perspective,” said Dill.
Jennings, a goalkeeper, played with Devonshire Cougars and also coached Hamilton Parish.
“It was an immediate, positive response when the approach was made to us to assist. It is good to have events like this as a benevolent fund on a regular basis and be proactive to assist former players and even players today who may become stricken with illness for whatever reason.”
Donations can be made at the field on into North Village’s HSBC account (number 010362564001) in Mark Jennings’ name.
Last year a benefit match was held at Bernard Park for sailor and former footballer Stevie Dickinson who required medical treatment overseas.