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By Mia O'Hare

The friends of a Nottingham man who has a brain tumour have come together to raise money so that he can take a break away somewhere of his choice. Roger Sutherland, 56, from Mapperley was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December after originally thinking he had a stroke.

His closest friends have decided to raise money through a charity football match on Sunday (15 May) to show their support for Roger. They want him to use the money to take a holiday with his girlfriend.

Roger said: "I feel overwhelmed by the response and reactions from people over this whole period. I am looking forward to seeing my friends on Sunday and I want to thank everyone for their continuous support."

Roger's friend Paul Frier set up a Go Fund Me page in the hopes of raising £1000 but they have already overtaken their goal and have raised £2,160. Paul, 56, a retired firefighter from Long Eaton has been close friends with Roger for over 43 years. He said: "Well this was the first time I have done anything like this so I did not know how it was going to go.

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"I sat with our friend Ian Henry a couple of weeks ago at my house and we put it together and then it just kind of snowballed from there. We have had loads of messages of support saying that they are going to contribute on the day. So the funds could go crazy.

He added: "But it is absolutely unbelievable that we raised the funds so quickly as well. There have been so many messages of support and best wishes that it means so much to Roger to hear all these messages."

Roger and Paul have played football together for many years and so a charity football match is quite fitting. The match will take place at Radford FC playing against AC Wollaton who are a charitable football club at 1:30pm.

Paul said: "I am picking Roger up on Sunday and I am going to be by his side all the way through because I think it will be, I'm not sure overwhelming for him but he feels that he is not worthy of having all of this attention. Why him kind of thing, not in a nasty way, it's just that he just can't believe that all of this money has been donated and we are doing it for him.

"He gets quite emotional when I talk to him about it and why we are doing it. But yes he is looking forward to it. We have reached our target now, so just come down and support on the day. That would be wonderful. I would like to personally thank everybody for their donations and well wishes to Roger."

Roger grew up in St Ann's and went to Manvers Comprehensive School. He works for Midland Regional Printers but has not worked since late last year due to his illness.

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