Young Washington footballers put rivalry aside to help fund Disneyland trip for Jenna-Lee Carrington
Two junior football clubs are coming together to help a fellow player after she received a shock brain tumour diagnosis.
Washington AFC and Washington Athletic will be holding a charity game with the hope of raising money for schoolgirl Jenna-Lee Carrington, 14, to go to Disneyland Paris.
The Oxclose School pupil joined Washington AFC last summer, but was unable to play in a competitive game due to dizziness and headaches in September.
In December she was rushed to hospital when she suffered a fit in school after suffering with migraines and feeling unwell.
Her parents took her to the Sunderland Royal Hospital and after a CT scan, she was taken to Newcastle’s RVI where they were told the devastating news she has an inoperable brain tumour that is fast-growing and cancerous.
The two clubs want to use the power of football to bring Washington together in order to help Jenna live a life-long dream by sending her to Disneyland Paris.
Washington AFC Head of Football Gary Sykes said: “The whole situation is very upsetting, when we found out the club was devastated. It’s sad to see this happen to any child of any age.
“To be able to go to Disneyland would be a dream come true for Jenna so we really want to help in any way we can.”
Earlier this year we reported how Jenna’s boyfriend Bobby Patterson, 13, had raised £2,000 to fund experiences and make memories, including from a sponsored boxing spar. So far his Go Fund Me page has reached £4,325.
Bobby said: “ I would like to raise as much money as I can to help Jenna and her family to make magical memories.”
Jenna and her family are hoping to attend the Washington charity game so that she can walk out onto the pitch with Manager of Washington AFC’s Lionesses team Anthony Hodgson, subject to doctors advice.
The game will be a coaches VS coaches match and will be taking place at Washington Football Hub on Friday February 21, kicking off at 6.30pm. To donate to the clubs fundraiser, visit their just giving page here.