This guest blog was written by Daniel Moss, founder of Broomfield Youth Football Club, who set up the club to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after a very close friend's daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, aged just 13.
In October 2011, a very close friend of mine’s young daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma at the age of 13. After completing two gruelling months of chemotherapy treatments just before Christmas, she is thankfully now in remission. She has however been an inspiration, not only to me personally but to everyone around her in the way that she has handled herself throughout and we could not be more proud.
In the same year I founded Broomfield Youth FC, a non-profit organisation as a motivational tool to inspire, educate and develop young children in North London. Something I can most certainly thank Olivia for, as she helped me realise my own strength at that particular time in my life. The vision at Broomfield Youth is to create opportunity, possibility and most importantly happiness through football. We are convinced that by instilling more charity into our culture, the newest generation of young people will become realise the benefits of supporting others. Broomfield Youth have made charity work one of their main priorities. With players encouraged, in all sense of the word, to support others. The vision is to educate our children to empower others who may be less fortunate.
With Olivia as our inspiration we held our second annual football tournament for Leukaemia and Lymphoma in March which saw an estimated 2000 people attend. This included 14 volunteers from North Hertfordshire College. All played a fundamental part to ensure that the day was a success and we were absolutely thrilled to raise a staggering £6139.52 on the day. Every penny raised was donated straight to Leukaemia and Lymphoma research, which I know will undoubtedly make a significant difference to so many in the future. As we grow and our capabilities expand we hope to make the tournament even bigger with even more teams and most importantly to make more people aware of how they can help make a difference to this amazing cause which is so close to my heart.
I have personal goals with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, too! Last year I ran The Grim challenge as well as the Brighton Marathon.
Throughout the past 18 months, our charitable donations have totalled over £15,000 and this figure will continue to grow. For us at Broomfield and for everyone involved with the charity, it is impact that it makes on other children’s lives that is the most important.
To find out more about the club, vist their website.