Charity starts early at the Rocks

East Thurrock United's very small Rocks take inspiration from Captain Tom

East Thurrock United's Future Rocks- players aged from three to six years old- spent yesterday morning taking inspiration from Captain Tom Moore, taking one hundred penalties to raise money for Guildford Street House, a property run by the Sick Children's Trust which provides accommodation for the families of children in nearby Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The young Rocks decided to choose Guildford Street House as it has been supporting the family of a young local girl who is being treated by GOSH. Head coach Faye Lambert explains:

"We wanted to take part in the Tom Moore 100 challenge and decided we would like to donate to make a difference to someone local. I discovered Dotties Journey through one of our Under Seven parents Becky Osbourne, who is also undergoing treatment herself for breast cancer, and she introduced me to Dottie's mum Louise who Is amazing.

Dottie is currently 4 years old so in reception just like a lot of our #FutureRocks. She is currently under the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital with an inoperable brain tumour."

Louise added:

"After finding out the devastating news regarding Dottie being diagnosed with a brain tumour at a local hospital (Basildon), we were transferred straight away to Great Ormond Street. My family got straight onto the internet and booked us into a local hotel which was two minutes from the hospital and cost a fortune, and after two days we found out we would be spending a lot longer there than we originally expected. The nurses on the ward got in contact with the housing team at GOSH who managed to get us an amazing room at a beautiful house in Guildford Street. Tina and Tracy organised to give us a free room, which had bathroom facilities, the share of a kitchen and also somewhere we could wash our clothes as we only took an overnight bag and everywhere in London was closed due to lockdown! As parents we wanted to be by our daughter's bedside 24/7, but one of us took it in turns going to the beautiful house to try and get a good nights sleep. The house was more than just somewhere to sleep, Tina and Tracey were also amazing support for us & kept our strength up."

Read more- and donate- here.

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