Family fun day for Isle charity

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Football, face painting, fun and fundraising is what it’s all about this weekend.

North Lincolnshire employer DHL, in association with Nisa Today, has organised a family fun day at Bottesford Town Football Club on Sunday. July 24, 10am-4pm, on behalf of Isle charity Team Verrico.

The event, which is open to all, promises a children’s fancy dress parade, baton twirlers, raffle, bouncy castle, raffle, tug of war and a fitness class demonstration. Entry is free.

Jason Johnson, community liaison officer said: “It’s part of making a difference locally to support good causes and Team Verrico is exactly the kind of charity we want to support.”

Malcolm Towle, who works in the warehouse and is on the organising committee said: “The day is going to include a fly past by the Battle of Britain memorial flight including the Lancaster bomber and I’m really looking forward to that at 3.15pm.”

Dave Hall, who manages kids’ football team Dale Park is also involved. He added: “I’ve organised an under 7s football tournament which Nisa has sponsored. We expect ten teams to participate and each child will go home with a medal and a hoody.”

Committee member Michael Ryan is taking his three-year-old who is particularly looking forward to the fair rides and face painting, he said: “She loves trampolines and we are hoping this year’s event is even better than the last.”

Team Verrico was formed in 2014 following the tragic death of Epworth mum Anna Verrico to a rare breast cancer. Anna had worked at Nisa in the mid 1990s as an accounting clerk.

The charity aims are to help young families who are facing rare or hard to treat cancers fight and win more tomorrows. They finance second opinions for young families and treatments not yet available on the NHS. They also provide confidential counselling and practical advice. They also sponsor niche research projects at local universities and hospitals.

Charity chairman Paul Verrico said: “We are so grateful to DHL for this - the proceeds will enable us to accomplish our objectives and most importantly help the local community access our services. Let’s hope for a great day.”