HomeServe and Walsall Council join forces to raise over £500 for Marie Curie
Posted 3 August 2015 9:59 AM by John Greaves
Last weekend was a big one for Midlands football, with all eyes on the pre-season friendly between Walsall FC and Aston Villa, but there was another huge local derby taking place as the might of Walsall’s own HomeServe United, comprising of employees from the home assistance company’s HQ, took on fierce competitors from Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in a fundraising football match in aid of HomeServe’s national charity, Marie Curie.
Over 100 spectators joined the fun at Rushall Olympic Football Club, who kindly donated their pitch and facilities for the match, to watch HomeServe United storm to a 1-0 victory in a closely fought battle which saw over £500 raised for Marie Curie.
John Greaves, Director of Corporate Affairs, HomeServe, said; “We love being part of the Walsall community and it’s great to see a team from another of the town’s leading organisations, Walsall Council, join forces with us to raise funds for Marie Curie, who we’ve supported as our national charity partner for a number of years.
“Both teams showed fantastic spirit and it was brilliant to see so many spectators come along to watch the match and help us raise over £500 for Marie Curie.”
HomeServe United’s Logistics Manager, James Lingard, who works at Walsall HQ, was one of the key organisers of the match commenting; “We play regularly as a team but we wanted to do something special to raise funds for Marie Curie.
“My brother works at Walsall Council and plays for their team, so I got chatting to him about it and we came up with the idea! We are so pleased it was a success – the sun shone and we received great support from the local community, raising a fantastic amount for the charity too.”
Marie Curie provides care and support to over 40,000 people living with terminal illnesses out in the community or in one of its nine hospices. Funds raised for Marie Curie will help people and their families living with a terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance.
HomeServe has already donated more than £1.5 million to Marie Curie, by raising more than £650,000 in cash (enough to fund the equivalent of 34 nurses for a full year) and providing around £850,000 retail value worth of insurance cover through its Patient Policy, which gives families free help with home emergencies and repairs.