Testimonial Football match support for Enable Ability

Steve Ramsey and Joe Noakes (centre left and right), with Enable Ability staff at the cheque presentation.

Last September, former Royals’ player, Joe Noakes, arranged a testimonial football match- with funds raised from the day to be given to Steve Ramsey and his family’s chosen charity, Enable Ability.

The connection between Steve’s family and the charity started at the beginning of January last year, as Steve’s son, Gerard, began to attend one of Enable Ability’s playscheme settings as well as the charity’s Saturday Gym Club (run by former EA Team Leader, Ashlyn).

A medical incident involving Gerard during 2022 saw an outpour of affection and support from friends, family and the general public. Ashlyn continued to visit Gerard whilst he was in hospital, to help support his transition back to Enable Ability’s services and school, once he had recovered.

Georgina, Gerard’s mother, said:

Whilst Gerard spent time in hospital, Ashlyn came to visit- that meant a lot to us as a family. Knowing we still were able to feel comfortable with people understanding Gerard’s needs and adjusting to his situation made us as family, feel much better, as he was able to do things he had done prior to him being in hospital.

Usually, monies raised from testimonial football matches go to the player being honoured, but Steve and his family were keen to support Enable Ability through the former Gosport and Hawk’s players testimonial match.

Over 500 spectators turned up to the event, which was held at The OnSite Group Stadium in Portchester. Thanks to ticket sales, a raffle and an auction, the event raised a staggering £10,106 (including gift aid) for Enable Ability- and we can’t thank the Ramsey family enough!

We wish Steve, Georgina, Gerard and the family all the best, and we continue to look forward to supporting them through our services.

Enable Ability

The football match in full swing. Photo credit: AFC Portchester