Local causes to benefit from return of Pompey Fans’ Day

Iain McInnes prepares for a dunking at last year's Fan's Day
Iain McInnes prepares for a dunking at last year's Fan's Day

Pompey Fans’ Day is back, with a host of charities once again lined-up to benefit.

The popular event is on Saturday, returning to Fratton Park ahead of the League Two visit of Cambridge United.

Running from 11.30am to 2.30pm, it promises to offer the same amount of music and fun as its two predecessors, which have raised so much for local causes in the past.

This year’s Fans’ Day has been staged by Pompey’s 12th Man, with costs covered entirely by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and an anonymous donation from one of the club’s presidents.

Among the entertainment on offer will be a stage hosting live music, a hog roast, a bungee run, rodeo football and a silly shower.

All proceeds will go towards Jack’s 1st Steps, the Elizabeth Foundation and the Patey Day Centre.

And organiser Tom Dearie is hoping for another excellent turn out from the community.

He said: ‘The previous Fans’ Days have raised a lot of money for a number of local charities and good causes, such has been the incredible generosity of Pompey supporters.

‘We’re hoping to continue that tomorrow and once more are asking our amazing fans to dig deep to help others.

‘The day is free but we ask that everyone supports our charity fundraising by buying raffle tickets and making a donation to use any of the rides.

‘Alternately, donations can be made directly into the buckets going round the during the event.

‘Once more local people will benefit from every penny raised on Saturday as the community rallies round.’

Blues chairman Iain McInnes, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Moore will open the day, with Express FM’s Dan Windle taking hosting duties.

Live music will be performed by Kill Kasper, Andy Muscat, the Dickensian Vagabonds, Billy Gregory and Thee Sultan Sheiks.

A number of activities are also on offer, with a blow-up football pitch, a bungee run, rodeo football, human table football, sumo, a grab a grand machine and a silly shower.

Pompey In The Community will be there with young people from the National Citizenship Service, hosting events such as penalties, crossbar challenge and the fastest shot.

There will be face painting for the kids, a raffle and a Pompey Pals display will also be selling the Pompey Pals Ale.

In addition, a licensed bar will be present along with a BBQ and a hog roast.