Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 8 – Spain 03/09/2004

A squad of 10 footsoldiers turned out for the cheque presentation to Aspanion. A charity that works with children who have cancer, and offer help to their families.

They were met by Lisbet of Aspanion and taken to a flat within the tower blocks where the charity had laid on a reception for them. A group of around 20 parents, children and representatives of the charity welcomed the Sunshine Appeal with a selection of refreshments – certain footsoldiers weren’t too impressed with the low alcohol lager on offer! Obviously our reputation is well-known as our hosts felt compelled to explain they didn’t like to drink proper alcohol around the children.

Mazz presented the cheque whilst Winky delivered a speech in Spanish to outline the reasons why the Sunshine Appeal had been established and its aims. The President of Aspanion, Jesus Gonzalez Marin then gave a speech to thank the Sunshine Appeal and express his gratitude that football fans felt driven to help in this way.

The children were clearly bemused by our appearance but made the most of the crisps, biscuits and juice on offer. Knowing what a serious illness these kids are facing, it’s a very humbling experience to see them getting on with life and just being kids – playing games and sneaking food when the adults weren’t looking. A few of them even had a small football game – which had a higher score line than the real thing later that day!   Full Story Here…

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