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The eighth Midlands Charity Football tournament, organised Sellick Partnership, took place on Friday October 26 at the Powerleague Derby Soccerdome and featured two teams for DHU Health Care battling it out for the title.
This yeah DHU Health Care fielded two sides for the tournament: DHU Derby and DHU Leicester. Despite busy schedules, all of the players dedicated their afternoon to help raise money for Sellick’s chosen charity me&dee.
The DHU’s SEO Stephen Bateman was pitch-side and said: “It’s fantastic to support the local charity. We did it last year and decided to support it this year by bringing in two teams – one from Leicestershire and one from Derbyshire.
“It’s been a great effort from Viny and the lads to organise it and we’re looking forward to today and doing well in the competition.”
Confidence was high pre-tournament with both teams looking sharp. Arslan Ansari (111 Health Advisor) was optimistic, “I am really excited, I know there are a lot of teams here but hopefully we will do well.”
In the opening rounds DHU Derby were up against Derbyshire County Council, ACIS , Chevin Fleet, ME&Dee and NHS Sandwell, whilst DHU Leicester faced off against Brookson, Danbro Workforce, Innes England, Mediholdings and Sellick Partnership.
Leicester started strong with a win and Derby earned a few draws, but dark clouds were forming overhead. Competition proved fierce and neither side quite had what it took to match last years result and get through to the knockout stages of the tournament. Nevertheless, the team event proved a great success and encouraged people to dig deep into their pockets to raise money.
LLR MD Simon Harris, who also played in the Leicester side, said: “We’re delighted to be here. For us today is all about fundraising and having a bit of fun in the tournament.”
In the past eight years the tournament has raised £12,000 for charity. This year they are supporting me&dee – an award-winning Midlands based charity that organises holidays and trips away for individuals with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.
Nikki Kinsey, Director of the Sellick Partnership said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the teams who have committed to participating this year – your continued support of the Tournament and ongoing contributions to me&dee makes a huge difference.”
The charity was formed to create special moments and memories to ensure both children and adults share distinctive experiences when time is precious.
The tournament was launched with three aims: to promote football as a sport, to provide a platform for networking across the Midlands business community, and to raise vital funds for me&dee.