Interchange Manager Peter Hughes is hosting a football match in memory of his daughter Sophie, who died five-years-ago.
Peter’s three children and their pals have held a popular charitable game in honour of their sister, and raise funds for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the process.
Sophie had Down’s Syndrome and received excellent care from the hospital until she turned 18. Sophie died after contracting viral pneumonia when she was 21.
Peter, who is based at Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company’s Prescot office, first joined probation as a volunteer in 1983.
He said: “Sophie was an unbelievable woman and not a day goes by when we don’t think about her.
“The last five years have been incredibly tough, but it helps us to raise money for the hospital because they provided such wonderful care and we like remembering Sophie’s August 2nd birth date with something positive.
“We are all proud to have known and lived with Sophie. She got two A-levels, a remarkable achievement, she was passionate about being a member of the Everyman Youth Theatre and also a huge Liverpool F.C. fan.”
Peter’s wife Judy runs a home baking business called Sophie’s Sweet Treats and will be baking a range of goodies for the day. The event will also include a raffle, face painting and other entertainments.
Peter said: “Losing a child is the worst thing that a family can ever go through. It puts everything else into perspective.
“Despite the sadness of the loss of Sophie, which will be with us forever, these annual events have a very special atmosphere. Everyone is very relaxed, enjoys the match and the other activities that take place.”
Peter will be touring Merseyside’s offices throughout July to sell raffle tickets to raise cash for Alder Hey. Anyone who wants to either participate in the match or support the event is encouraged to contact Peter.
Cath Harding, Alder Hey’s head of Community Fundraising, said: “We are grateful for the continued support of Peter and his family in memory of Sophie.
“Funds raised for Alder Hey Children’s Charity help us to develop better treatments and improve facilities for our young patients, thereby making their time in hospital a little easier.
“We wish everyone taking part in the football match the best of luck!”
The annual fixture has raised more than £9,000 for Alder Hey so far. The event takes place on Saturday, August 4, at Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool. Kick-off is at 3pm.