HomeServe football tournament raises more than £2,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Posted 23 June 2014 5:11 PM by John Greaves
Staff from HomeServe, one of the UK’s leading Home Assistance providers, swapped their headsets for football boots and whistles to compete in a special tournament to help raise funds for Marie Curie.
Marie Curie – which provides support for the terminally ill through specialist nursing care in the home – has received the support of HomeServe staff since becoming its National Charity Partner in 2010. To date, the Walsall-based company and Walsall’s largest private employer, has donated nearly £1.5million. That includes cash donations and more than £840,000 via its free Patient Policy, which gives Marie Curie patients and their families peace of mind with free help for home emergencies.
Each of the 16 teams competing in the five-a-side tournament raised £100 through registration for the tournament. The overall total was topped up by fundraising events held by HomeServe.
The tournament, which took place on 20th May at the Banks’s Stadium, was open to staff from Walsall along with those based in both the Preston and Banbury offices. Free transport was provided for those travelling to the tournament from outside of the Midlands region.
National Charity Manager at HomeServe Sarah Palmer said: “The atmosphere at the event was first-class and we’re incredibly grateful for the donations from staff for the charity. Everybody working at HomeServe fully appreciates the incredible and worthy work undertaken by Marie Curie both locally and nationally and we’re pleased to offer our continuing support for the charity.”
The event also received the welcome backing of South Staffordshire Water after it kindly agreed to donate 100 bottles of free water for those taking part.
Sarah added: “The donation of water was a lovely gesture from South Staffordshire Water and again it shows the generosity that exists for such a worthy cause. At the end of the tournament, the players were certainly grateful for their offering. We’re also grateful to Walsall Football Club for allowing us to host the event.”
HomeServe recently announced a three-year partnership with Walsall Football Club which includes sponsorship of the Main Stand, shirt sponsorship and Academy.
In addition to those competing for the coveted trophy, an army of employee volunteers also donated their time for free to help referee, steward and check the scores during proceedings.
Fran Hancox, Marie Curie Clinical Nursing Manager for the Central Region said: “The atmosphere on the night was fantastic and everyone really got behind the cause. I’m very grateful for the continued support of the HomeServe employees and we’re thrilled with the amount raised from the event itself.”
Overall winners on the night were Retention FC from Walsall who managed to seal victory after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out competition. The team received a trophy and each player was given a medal to celebrate their success.
The event is set to take place again next year with a date due to be announced in due course.