The Kent football community has come together in the past week to support former Stones midfielder Peter Overton following the diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour.
A benefit match held at the Gallagher on Sunday, between Ovey’s XI and Hessy’s All-Stars, raised £2,000 and a raffle arranged by Tonbridge Angels – another of his former clubs – added another £1,700.
Mal Watkins, Stones boss in 2003/04, organised the match which saw Hessy’s All-Stars win comfortably by seven goals to two. Peter, pictured above with Alan Walker, took part in kick-off, passing the ball to his son Charlie who played in the game.
A crowd of 300 came along to support the 42-year-old and his family, who have been coming to terms with the devastating news in recent weeks.
Speaking ahead of the event, he said: “Mal’s organised the game, which I find brilliant, when there’s a lot of other people who’ve been ill; are ill. The game’s for me, my wife and kids. I’ve been off work for four months now. I worked for myself as a roofer and have been flat out for 20 years.”
Peter was on a golfing holiday in Portugal in May but was forced to fly home early after feeling unwell.
He said: “I knew something wasn’t right. I know what a hangover’s like but there was something on one side of my head, which I’d felt before, and I knew it wasn’t right. I booked a flight home, told my wife I was on the way back and to come and pick me up from the airport.
“She couldn’t find me as I’d had three seizures on the plane on the way home. I was in hospital for 12 days, went home for about two weeks and then went to the specialist at St George’s Hospital. I had treatment for seven days and then about eight days later he phoned us and said it’s one to four, four’s the worst and that’s what you’ve got.
“I’ve read about it, I know other people have had it, I know some have lasted 20 years but you’ve just got to be lucky.”
Taking to Twitter after the game, Peter’s wife Nadine tweeted:
— Nadine xx (@NadineO10) August 27, 2017
If you couldn’t attend Sunday’s benefit match but would like to support the Overton family, donations can be made to the following account:
- Sort code: 20-54-25
- Account number: 03399443.
- Please label donations: Overton fund