Shop volunteer Jason Boyle laced up his football boots and represented East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in a special charity match at Harwich and Parkeston FC.
The 33-year-old played for the Harwich Angels fundraising group and helped them defeat Dobbins Robbins FC 6-0.
The latter are a Cambridgeshire-based club set up in memory of football-mad Simon Dobbin.
Jason has been a mainstay of EACH’s Dovercourt shop since opening in March 2019.
“I helped out at a previous charity game and said I’d love to play this time,” he said.
“It was great fun. I came on for the second half and played pretty well.
“To be honest, I was pleased to survive 45 minutes. People were saying I’d do well to last five!”
Jason, who supports Tottenham Hotspur and lives in Dovercourt, loves football and is also passionate about EACH.
He volunteers most days – sometimes all day – and has also helped in EACH’s Clacton and Angora Park, Colchester shops.
“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and I’d recommend it to anyone,” he said.
Sunday’s charity match raised more than £1,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, while the proceeds of a popular tombola went to EACH.
The EACH shop in Dovercourt is in Main Road and open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Shop Manager Emma Manning is always keen to hear from more people who might like to volunteer.
She said: “We can never have enough people willing to lend a hand.
“We’re very proud of our shop and, for a small seaside town, we’re so well supported by the local community.
“We’re putting Dovercourt on the map and a lot of local children, young people and families here in north Essex benefit from the care and support of EACH.”