Local hero leading fundraising drive in Hackney
Some of the biggest names in football have endorsed an initiative designed to keep the London borough of Hackney’s football traditions going.
Les Ferdinand, Ade Akinbiyi, Kevin Lisbie, Lloyd Doyley and Bradley Johnson have all thrown their weight behind fundraising events which will raise money for the Hackney Primary Schools’ Athletic Association’s 125th anniversary and the Hackney Under-11s district team which is managed by John Larter MBE, who has done so much over the years to promote Hackney football and footballers.
The fundraising events will comprise of a dinner and dance, an online auction, charity football match, East London Half Marathon and the London Marathon. Through these events, Leslie Fevrier who is the brainchild of the initiative, will also be raising money for the MS Trust, a charity that helps people with Multiple Sclerosis and their families.
Fevrier said: “The key is to be able to set up a foundation in John’s name where we are able to continue fund raising for the football team. This will enable the sustainability of football and sports in the area, therefore allowing more young people in Hackney to be part of the district team, thus continuing his legacy.
“As an ex-Hackney player myself and having known John for 45 years, and knowing the amazing work and dedication he has invested since the beginning of the team, the time is right for this initiative.”
Larter said: “My association with Hackney primary schools football has been going on for forty-five years and is very dear to my heart. I would like to make these fundraising events as successful as possible and to raise a much money as possible for these two worthwhile causes.”
The launch of the initiative takes place at Hackney Marshes on Friday 6 June, from 6- 8pm. The event, which is supported by Kick It Out, The Football Association (FA) and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), will see all future places revealed to those in attendance.