WHEN Hallam Senior College planned a trip to Queensland for a girls’ football round robin, young footballer Brittany Partington believed she would be unable to join her teammates.

With her mother Karen undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis, the associated financial pressure meant the family could not afford to send Brittany along.

Then Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes made a surprise visit to Hallam’s training session and presented Brittany with a $500 cheque, covering her costs for the September trip.