England's Euro 96 coach praises Harefield's effort for Jess, 8, in cancer battle

8 year-old Jess 8 year-old Jess

England's Euro 96 assistant coach Ted Buxton has praised the people of Harefield for rallying together for an eight year-old fighting cancer after they raised over £10,000 for her last weekend.

Ted Buxton, who was Terry Venables right hand man when England reached the semi-finals 20 years ago, took charge of an ex-professionals team for a charity game last weekend to aid the cause.

The event enabled vital cash to be collected for Jess Shepherd, who goes to Harefield Primary School and lives in Ruislip, as her family bids to send her to the US for medical treatment she can't get in the UK.

Jess has been fighting a rare childhood cancer on and off since she was three. Although it went into remission spontaneously, she suffered the first relapse on 28 December 2013.

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About 1,000 tickets were sold for the Harefieldians versus Rowlands Legends, led by former Queens Park Rangers player Martin Rowlands, at Harefield United's Preston Park ground, last Saturday.

A host of ex-professional footballers got their boots on again to aid the cause, including Watford and Wimbledon star Marcus Gayle, and former Crystal Palace player Neil Shipperley.

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Mr Buxton, pictured below, who has coached legendary players such as Paul Gascoigne, said: "It has been a great opportunity to get the village together and lots of people have come along. A lot of money has been raised for Jess to go and get the proper treatment.

"Hopefully we will get enough money to get Jess over there and get her treated and that's the main objective.

“These sort of things bring people together and I think it's great that this event has been organised and lots of people have come along. It's nice to help these people get together and there was a lot of banter, so it was like the old days again."


Mr Buxton,who was also chief scout for Tottenham, said: "I think it's exceptional that all the players who turned up did an excellent job and they entertained. There were plenty of goals and the crowd were certainly entertained."

He added: “It was nice to see lots of people again who I haven't seen so much over the years.”

Organisers/the family thanked Dean Hooper and Gary South for coming up with the idea for the match in the beginning and seeing it through and Nicola Conroy, Karen Smith, Mandy Cullen, Paula Williams, who were the main helpers on the day.

They also thanked:

Josie West, Nadine Knight, Chelsey Annison, Gemma Green, Jamie Peverall, Dean Wood, Tommy Petch, Kevin Moles, Kirsty Nevin, Nicola Wood, Beverley Hedges, Michelle Petch, Joanne Mchenry, Bernice Lake, Heidi Jordan, Claire Pullen, Jess's grandad Noel, Sharon Hooper, Louise Matthews and Alex Deas.

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