A Spectacular Success: Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day Raises Over £2000 for Two Worthy Charities

A Day Filled with Community Spirit
The rain clouds couldn’t dampen the spirits at Shenley Community Sports Centre on Saturday 15th July, as the local community gathered for a heartwarming Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day. The fundraiser was organised in support of the Royal Orthopaedic Charity (ROC) and Bone Cancer Research Trust UK (BCRT). The Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day proved to be popular and a remarkable success, raising over £2,000 with more donations still to come!
Dean Lee taken by JWP Photography
Football Extravaganza The day commenced with a friendly 10 aside match between dedicated ROH colleagues who were full of enthusiasm. Dean Lea was celebrated as the Player of the Match for his outstanding performance on the field.   Following the Friendly 10 aside match, Nightingale F.C and Matt’s Legends F.C, who travelled all the way from Hull to be a part of this fundraiser, took the pitch, demonstrating their commitment to both charities. Both teams put on an impressive display of sportsmanship, with Nightingale F.C emerging victorious with a 5-1 score.  

During the match, Nightingale F.C took control in the first half, scoring four impressive goals; a hattrick for Hunty and 1 goal from Davis. Matt’s Legends managed to pull one goal back just before halftime. The second half was more competitive, with Matt’s Legends creating several chances but unable to convert them into goals. Nightingale F.C secured their victory with a fifth goal, winning the game 5-1.

You can read the full commentary here: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/nightingalefc3/teams/

Nightingale F.C and Matt’s Legends F.C
Brett Ellis, Charity Lead and player of Nightingale F.C shared:
After all of the hard work, it was great to see the fundraising efforts prevail. I’d like to thank the ROH staff who took part in the entertaining 10aside game. A big thank you to Matt’s Legends and the BCRT charity for travelling down from Hull and Leeds to take part in the fundraising aspects of the day. The 11aside football match between Matt’s Legends and Nightingale FC was competitive and both teams played the game in the right spirit. A special thank you to Dionne Wortley, Teresa Brodie, Sarah Rich, Victoria Scott and Charlotte Thornewell, as without them, the day would not have run as smoothly and successfully as it did. Finally a huge thank you to all of those who attended on the day, and thank you to Shenley Lane Community Association & Sports Centre for their generosity of allowing us to use all of their fantastic facilities free of charge. Hopefully, we can do this day again…. But with better weather!!!  

Vendor Support
The Family Fun Day carried on with unwavering enthusiasm, offering a variety of activities for all ages. Food vendors provided delicious food; Caribbean cuisine and burgers and chips, bringing comfort to the crowd. The talented face painter, Claire, from Fine Painting worked her magic, eliciting smiles from both children and adults. Meanwhile, Kelly and her son from Sooo Sweet added a delightful dose of sugary indulgence to the day’s festivities by serving slush puppies, American sweets and popcorn. Phil, from Really Awesome Coffee also joined, providing hot beverages to add a kick of caffeine. Thank you to Aurorbella’s Bakes for allowing us to sell your brownies, which were not only delicious but also very popular.

Games Galore
The fun didn’t stop there! The games continued to entertain and engage. Jenga, footballs, skittles, welly wanging and chalk drawings kept everyone entertained and involved, while bubbles floated through the air. The tombola added an element of excitement, enhancing chances to be a lucky winner. For the young football enthusiasts, there was an exciting ‘Beat the Goalie’ game where children showcased their skills and scored unforgettable goals. Adding to the excitement, our cherished Charity mascot, Rocy, made a special appearance, spreading smiles and warmth.

Rocy the Mascot
Gratitude and Appreciation
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the organisers whose dedication made the event possible, rain or shine. Their efforts ensured that the community came together and raised awareness and funds for ROC and BCRT. Thank you Brett; Dionne and the Research Team; the Royal Orthopaedic Charity; Siobhan and Katie from BCRT for traveling down and supporting us on the day; and Tchissola Goncalves for volunteering on the day. A huge thank you to Natalie and the Team at Shenley Lane Community Sports Centre who kindly let us host the fundraiser at their venue free of charge.
Our appreciation goes out to the football teams; ROH staff, Nightingale F.C and Matt’s Legends F.C, for their sportsmanship and dedication to the matches. We are grateful to everyone who attended the event, demonstrating the power of unity and support. Your presence contributed to the event’s success, making a difference in the lives of those the charities serve. Finally, we want to express our immense gratitude to all the generous donors who provided raffle prizes for both the match day raffle and text raffle. Your support and generosity contributed to increased ticket sales and a more memorable day.
In conclusion, the Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day showcased the true spirit of community, coming together to support meaningful and life changing charities. The funds raised will undoubtedly make a significant difference, bringing hope and support to those in need. Here’s to the success of this event, our supporters, and to raising a significant amount of money!
Nightingale F.C.
Dionne and Teresa, ROH staff

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