Footballing staff from Leek United clinched victory against a team from The Donna Louise as part of a fundraising goal for the North Staffordshire charity.
The Society won 7-1 in the ‘friendly’ at Stoke City FC’s bet365 Stadium on Sunday 19 May.
But overall the result went very much in favour of the runners-up – with hundreds of pounds being raised for The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People* in Stoke-on-Trent.
Dan Berrisford, the Society’s Business Development Manager – who helped to organise the match – said: “The result definitely doesn’t reflect the game, which was played in a brilliant, competitive spirit by two fairly evenly-matched teams.
“We’re still totting up the final amount raised, from gate receipts and other donations, but we’re hoping it will be well over £600 for The Donna Louise – and our thanks to all who turned out to support both sides on the day.”
Players themselves got the fundraising off to a good start by paying £5 each to take part, while tickets on the gate were £3 for adults, £1 for children.
It was a return match for the two sides, who first met 12 months ago when Leek United ended the game with a 3-0 victory.
Chris Belyavin, Relationship Manager at The Donna Louise, added: “Thank you to Leek United for the opportunity to play this match again and for giving our family members and supporters the chance to play at the bet365 Stadium.
“It was a fantastic game, even though we lost, and is becoming a great part of the fundraising partnership that we have with the Society. Long may it continue!"
* The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People provides a lifeline to families across Staffordshire and South Cheshire who are facing every parent’s worst nightmare; the heart-breaking knowledge that they will almost certainly outlive their child. They provide specialist care and support services for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, due to illness or injury, from birth until no longer needed. Our services are free of charge, and they rely hugely on the kindness and generosity of the local community to make this possible.
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