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The footballing fundraiser donating thousands in memory of late mum

Marco Sementa has been nominated for a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award.

Starting a few years ago with just one charity match in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marco Sementa has gone on to organise 85 more, raising nearly £150,000.

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When his mother passed away, he knew it was his fundraising work that made her most proud, so he started his one-man mission to raise as much money as possible.

Marco's organised nearly 100 games. Credit: ITV Anglia.

He has given money to Sue Ryder, the air ambulance, East Anglia Children's Hospices, Shine, CLIC Sargeant, Make a Wish Foundation and many more.

I just enjoy it, people have other hobbies, my hobby is raising money for charity... you see it making a difference to people lives.

So people say 'am I going to stop at 100 games?' No, I'm going to keep on going while I've still got interest.

– Marco Sementa, Pride of Britain nominee
Marco with his mum and dad. Credit: ITV Anglia.

More than 500 people have at some point played in his weekly football games, and he occasionally organises special matches too.

He’s played a team against Cambridgeshire Police, had a match for veterans, all women games as well as a Man v Fat match.

  • Marco Sementa is one of four contenders from the west of the ITV News Anglia region shortlisted for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. One will be selected to represent the region.

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