barclays organise 4th annual play on the pitch event at roots hall in aid of havens hospices

10 May 2017

On the 15th May 2017, Southend United Football Club will welcome staff from Barclays and Southend Business Professionals who will take to the pitch for their 4th Annual football match in aid of Havens Hospices.

Younger supporters will also get a chance to test their skills at Roots Hall with a half-time Cross Bar Challenge. There will also be an auction and raffle which will include money can’t buy prizes supplied by SUFC.  Fans will also get to see Blues Legend Adam Barrett back at Roots Hall once again as he will not only be coaching one of the teams, but may even join the teams on the pitch.

Adam Barrett, former Southend United Footballer,

I got involved with Havens Hospices, in particular Little Havens Hospice, early on in my career; I grew up in the area and am lucky to be in a position to give back, so I am delighted to be invited by Barclays to help raise funds and awareness for this fantastic charity. I look forward to coming back to Roots Hall for the evening to watch the teams play with fellow football fans!”

All proceeds raised on the night will be given to both Little Havens Hospice and Fair Havens Hospice, to help the staff continue ‘Making Every Day Count’ for babies, children and adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Essex for as long as they need us.

Children like Zac Morrison who is six years old and has Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy and a rare condition called Angelman Syndrome. Zac and his family have been visiting Little Havens Hospice for respite breaks since 2015; Zac is able to enjoy swimming in the hydrotherapy pool or go on the swings in the wheelchair friendly gardens and his parents are able to enjoy moments with Zac as a family instead of being carers at the same time!

Amy Morrison, Zac Mum,

“Little Havens is just amazing, it’s so hard to put into words, there’s just something about it. It has given us the break we needed but it’s so much more than that, it enables us to carry on. It helps us function as a normal family and that’s how I want us to stay.”

Thank you to everyone who is supporting Havens Hospices on Monday 15 May 2017 at Roots Hall by coming to Barclays vs. Southend Business Professionals charity football match. Gates open at 5:30pm, Kick-Off at 6:15pm; we look forward to seeing you there. 

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