A charity co-founded by a woman from Harpenden is giving football fans a chance to take to the field for the Hope Cup at West Ham’s iconic Upton Park stadium this month.
Fans will get the opportunity to grace the same field as the 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore on Sunday, May 25, as organised by Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.
The charity was co-founded by Harpenden resident, Sarah Hope after a bus crash changed the lives of three generations of her family forever.
Pollyanna, her 18-month old daughter lost her leg, and her mother Elizabeth was killed. In her memory, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope has been set up to provide prosthetic limbs to disadvantaged amputee children across the world.
She said: "West Ham United is one of England’s most famous clubs and to play on the pitch at Upton Park will be a dream come true for many people. The money players raise goes directly to the vital work the charity does in giving hope to disadvantaged child amputees across the world."
Players will get the full Premier League experience, from pre-match preparations in the dressing room to walking out of the tunnel and hearing friends and family singing their name. What’s more, they will get their own personalised kit to keep as a memento of the day they played like a true professional.
Charity ambassador, Sergeant Duncan Slater, who lost both his legs after an attack in Afghanistan and has recently become the first double amputee to reach the South Pole, will be presenting medals to all those who compete following the match.
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