Businessmen from across Essex have ditched their suits for studs and raised over £25,000 at a charity football match for seriously ill adults and children at Havens Hospices.
Employees at Barclays Corporate in Chelmsford hosted the game at Southend United Football Club’s Roots Hall stadium for the third year to raise money for Havens Hospices, which provides respite and care for babies, children, teenagers and adults with life-limiting conditions at their two hospices, Little Havens and Fair Havens.
The football match on 26th May raised £25,889.90 and saw workers from Barclays as well as local companies Rickard Keen, BTMK, Barrons, Paul Robinson Solicitors, Wilkins Kennedy, Nairnsey Fisher & Lewis, MWS accountants and Ayers and Cruiks compete with Southend United Football Club players managing each team.
Relationship Director at Barclays Corporate, Jeff Czuba, helped organise the event. He said,
“After the first two years were such a huge success we have turned it into an annual event. My retired colleague Dave and I wanted to hold an event for local people, to raise money for a local charity and do something that could grow each year and everyone could have fun at.
“We knew about Havens Hospices because it is a local charity. We have volunteer days there to help in the gardens and we’ve seen the fabulous work they do at both Little Havens and Fair Havens. We know they need millions of pounds each year to keep caring so we wanted to create an event that would raise money that Havens Hospices can rely on every year. We’re thrilled to have raised even more this year – bring on next year!”
On Tuesday 20th September Jeff and members of both teams who took part presented a cheque to Little Havens Care Team members Faye Low and Donna White and Corporate Fundraiser at Havens Hospices, Lydia Plews.
“We must raise over £100,000 each week to be there for everyone who needs us, helping to control pain and medication, offering respite and caring for adults and children at the end of their lives. Havens Hospices can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters, like Barclays Corporate and other local businesses so it’s great that they want to continue supporting us year after year and raise such an incredible amount of money. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’ for those who need us.”
As well as the football match there was a half-time penalty shootout for children, an auction, as well as the opportunity to have a photo taken with the Premier League Trophy.
For information on holding a fundraising event for Havens Hospices visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/supportus.