Football fans' generosity
A lifelong Pompey fan
has helped raise thousands of pounds for St John
Ambulance in Hampshire to make up for money owed by the
24 hours to reach goal
Tom Purnell, 47, set up a ‘Just Giving’
page on Thursday and within 24 hours football fans from
across the country had reached their goal.
Mr Purnell, a Local Government Officer,
now hopes fans will carry on donating to the charity that aims to
make ‘the difference between a life lost and a life saved’.
I think it is absolutely wonderful that these fans are now helping us in such a generous way.
Commander, St John Ambulance Hampshire
‘All of the fans are disgusted by what
has happened at the club. Small charities, local businesses and
schools have lost millions,’ he said.
‘St John Ambulance was one that just
stuck out – all I did was create a site, which took five
minutes. I put a link on one message board and it just caught
Mr Purnell, who now lives in Derby, said
St John Ambulance volunteers had treated his son when he was sick
at an away match at Aston Villa.
He added: ‘My dad was only a few seats
away from where the charity’s first aiders helped a man who
collapsed a few weeks ago.’
Pat Morris, Commander of St John
Ambulance in Hampshire, said she was bowled over
by Mr Purnell’s idea and the generosity of the country’s football
‘Our volunteers are by the touch line at
football matches up and the down the country every week. We
are there to help people who need us and I think it is absolutely
wonderful that these fans are now helping us in such a generous