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24 November 2016

Sisters Hannah and Jessica to lead the team out on Saturday

Gillingham Football club have invited two special children to join our mascots for Saturday's match against Rochdale at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

The Free Kicks Foundation aims to provide football-related activities for ill, bereaved and disadvantaged children, to give them a day to remember with their favourite football club.  The charity is run on a voluntary basis by Steve Thorpe and Sam Downing. 
Thanks to the tireless work of the Free Kicks Foundation, we are able to offer sisters Hannah and Jessica Scott the opportunity to become mascots for the day at this Saturday’s home game.

The visit will be particularly special for the family, as the girls sadly lost their dad, who was a keen season ticket holder at Gillingham, a few years ago.  The girls were nominated for this opportunity by local charity Holding On Letting Go, who support bereaved children across Kent and Medway.  

Caroline Pittard, who nominated the girls, said: “This will be an amazing and happy experience for the girls and their family, not only because of their love of football but because Dad was a fan of GFC and they would go with him to watch the matches.”

The girls and their family will be treated to behind the scene access to the stadium, before having the opportunity to head into the changing room to meet the Gills squad and management. Once they’ve met the players, the children will head out onto the pitch to have a kick about, before leading the team out for kick-off. Once the match is underway, they can then take their seats to enjoy the game.

We hope that the girls will enjoy their experience, and we look forward to welcoming them and their family on Saturday.

Thank you again to Sam and Steve of the Free Kicks Foundation for providing another wonderful opportunity for some special supporters, and to Holding On Letting Go for their nomination.  

To find out more about the Free Kicks Foundation, visit, or find them on Twitter @FreeKicks.   You can also help to support the fantastic work they do by donating online at

To find out more about the support that Holding On Letting Go provides to local families, visit, or find them on Twitter @holgkent.  You can also donate to support their important work at

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