Football tournament to help kick-start fund-raising appeal
AMBULANCE staff will be battling it out on the football field in a bid to raise money for a cash-strapped charity.
The Sentinel reported yesterday that the Donna Louise Children's Hospice is £80,000 short of what it would expect to take in donations so far this year because a number of events were cancelled because of the wet weather.
Now paramedic George Shakeshaft, who works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, has answered an appeal by staging a fund-raising event.
A total of 14 teams will compete in a six-a-side football tournament with all proceeds going to the Trentham Lakes-based charity.
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The tournament will kick off at Goals Soccer Centre Goals Soccer Centre at Holden Lane High School from 11.30am today.
A family fun day will be running alongside the tournament which will include refreshments, bouncy castles, Dandelion the Clown, Stoke City Football Club mascot Pottermus, face painting and donkey rides.
The charity hopes to raise £2.4 million a year with the summer months of June, July and August usually accounting for £600,000 towards that target.
But the summer washout has had a major impact on the amount of money raised so far.
Supporters are urged to stage rain-theme days such as swapping shoes for wellies.
Donations can also be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/rainydaysappeal.
Donations can be made by texting 'Rain77' followed by the amount to 70070. Cheques will also be accepted.