Footballing fundraisers from Sussex charity, the Mark Lay Foundation, set up in memory of Mark Lay who sadly passed away from cancer have been getting their kicks by raising money for the good cause.
In a memorial match, football fanatics from Horley and Oakwood raised £4,860 which will go to the foundation’s support of families living with or affected by cancer with a grant towards a holiday.
Mark Lay coached for both clubs who took part in the match – Horley Football Club and Oakwood Football Club, and inspired players during his time coaching, including Anthony Jupp.
Anthony who was coached by Mark and Ali Rennie at Horley Football Club helped organise the day as a way of giving something back to the Mark Lay Foundation to show his gratitude and respect.
Anthony says “The first time I met Mark when he walked into Horley Town FC under Ali’s guidance it was a breath of fresh air! A man that could really coach players. True Legend.”
Horley Football Club won the match in poor weather under the management of Ali Rennie, uniquely, Adam Lay, Mark’s youngest son played the game in a special 12th man role – playing for both sides.
Tom Lay, son of the late Mark Lay, said: “We’d like to thank everyone at Horley Football Club, Oakwood Football Club, people who donated auction and raffle prizes, Surrounded by Sound who provided free music in the evening, and John Salako who provided an afternoon questions and answers session.”