Starlet Emily's football challenge for NHS staff

Teenage striker - who's been praised by John Terry - is doing a 1,000 kick-ups a day 

Starlet Emily's football challenge for NHS staff
24 April 2020

Football starlet Emily Sansom has found a great way to stay busy while games are postponed – she’s doing 1,000 kick-ups every day to raise money for the NHS.

The 15 year-old’s skills – which have previously caught the eye of Chelsea legend John Terry - are so good she can complete the challenge in less than seven minutes each time.

Emily came up with the idea to raise money for NHS Charities Together because her mum, Natasha, is a paediatric speech and language therapy assistant at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Natasha said: “Emily loves her football and is very determined. Every day she goes out into the garden, dressed in full kit, and off she goes.

“She’s aiming to raise £1,000, and I’m sure she’ll do it. The support she’s had so far has been brilliant.”

Emily, who lives in Thorney near Peterborough with Natasha, dad Gavin and sister Megan (16) plays for Peterborough United, Corby Town and Northamptonshire FA’s Advanced Coaching Centre.

Natasha (pictured with her daughter) said: “Emily is a striker and her favourite players are Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Beth Mead who plays for Arsenal.

“It’s been hard for her, like so many other young people, not being able to play football at the moment, but she knows the great work being done by NHS staff at my Trust and across the country so she wanted to do something positive to show her support.

“Gavin and I are cheering her on every day and her sister Megan has helped her set up some social media pages.”

Emily has a Just Giving page which can be found here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emily-Sansom10, and videos of her daily 1,000 kick-up challenges can also be seen on Facebook and on her Instagram, EmilySansom10.

CPFT’s Head to Toe Charity benefits from funds raised for NHS Charities Together, the central organisation for all NHS charities, and the money goes directly to supporting CPFT patients and staff.

Head To Toe charity manager Hannah Wysocki said: “We’re right behind Emily in her challenge and want to wish her all the best. It’s wonderful that she and so many others are raising money for frontline NHS staff and patients at this difficult time.”

A video of Emily completing a separate skills challenge was praised on Instagram by Aston Villa coach John Terry recently, and during her latest exploits she has received messages of support from Tottenham winger Gemma Davison, the England women’s team, and freestyle footballer Billy Wingrove.



For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Interim Deputy Head of Communications
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467



Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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