Patients and staff at Basildon Hospital cheered on former patient Alan Moorcraft -Sexton on Sunday 16 June, when he joined Soccer Aid 2019, the world’s biggest charity football match at Stamford Bridge in Chelsea.
This Morning, ITV’s daytime popular programme, ran a competition to give one deserving Dad the chance to take part in this year’s star-studded squad, which included Usain Bolt, Jamie Rednapp and Michael Owen.
Alan, from Laindon, Essex, recently undertook six months of chemotherapy for Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the Haematology Day Unit, Katherine Monk Ward and is now in remission.
Alan’s son, Freddie nominated Alan by sending in a video to highlight why he thought his Dad was “one in a million” and why, by facing his diagnosis bravely, he deserved to win.
Getting through to the final, Alan took part in a penalty shootout at the This Morning studios. Alan won the shootout and a place on the subs bench on Fathers’ Day. Alan said:
“This was a dream come true. I trained with the team yesterday and coming to Stamford Bridge is mind blowing. I want to thank my sons Freddie and William for nominating me and all my family.
“I particularly want to thank all the wonderful staff at Basildon Hospital, who without their excellent care and support; this would not have been possible. As a family we are eternally grateful”.
The teams, England and World XI finished 2-2 in normal time with World XI winning on penalties.