Harpenden's pre-season friendly fixture against Hitchin Town in aid of Gorgeous George
- Credit: DANNY LOO
Harpenden Town's pre-season friendly against Hitchin Town this Saturday is doubling up as a fundraiser to support for a 12-year-old boy battling an aggressive brain tumour.
Harpenden chairman Roman Motyczak hopes to raise a considerable chunk of money for Gorgeous George One Big Fight - the campaign for George Fox, from Barton-le-Clay, who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in April of this year.
George's uncle Steve Fox has been a volunteer stalwart at Harpenden Town for a number of years, and the club hopes to support his family through this difficult time by pledging money raised through ticket sales and doing all they can to elevate the campaigns' profile.
"We're a community club, and we try and support what we can," Roman said.
"If we can raise a couple of hundred pounds, I know it's not a lot, and raise the profile more, maybe they'll get some more donations directly.
"It's all very sad and we want to try and do a little bit towards it, especially as one of our own members are currently affected."
He added: "What we've said is whatever we get on the gate, we'll donate to this cause.
"We think the game against Hitchin will be the best attended - it's a reasonably-sized club and it's keeping it local, and hopefully we take around £400."
With £5 per attendee handed straight over to the Gorgeous George fund, Harpenden Town hope to contribute to the campaign, which has so far raised over a quarter of a million pounds since it launched at the end of May.
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"Obviously I'm glad and proud we can do our bit, but I don't think what we're doing is anything extraordinary. It's a relatively small sacrifice for us as a club, but it's the right thing to do."
Harpenden Town hope that both familiar and new faces will join them on Saturday for the special fixture, with supporters from both sides joining together for a mutual cause.
The match at Rothamsted Park kicks off at 3pm.