A charity football tournament organised by Crossway FC has helped raise £700 for Warrington charity St Rocco’s Hospice.
The tournament, which took place at the Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton, Chester, featured 15 teams from across the North West and the family friendly event also included a raffle, ladies’ football and a walking football showcase for older players.
Every penny raised from the tournament has been given to St Rocco’s Hospice , a place of care and a tower of strength, supporting those living with life-limiting illnesses and helping people to live actively until the end of their lives.
Ugo Eboh, who chairs Crossway FC, said: “Our annual tournament was a huge success again this year and everyone had a lot of fun. We wanted to create a real family atmosphere and raise a good amount of money for charity and that’s exactly what we got.”
Kingston FC were crowned Cup champions after comprehensively beating reigning champions FC Doves in the final.
Crowd favourites Love Assembly were beaten in the final of the Plate by newbies Eagle & Crown, whilst Northgate Strollers were once again crowned Walking Football champions.
A special mention goes out to Crossway Ladies who made it to their first final of the Ladies’ competition, narrowly losing out to Chester City Ladies.
Ugo added: “The huge variety of football-based activities going on throughout the day gave the tournament that extra bit of excitement, and everyone was in high spirits, enjoying the bursts of sunshine. There was some great football and, more importantly, we raised over £700 and that money will be a huge help to the charity St Rocco’s Hospice.
“It was our jubilee year for the annual tournament, which has raised thousands over the years for charities both at home and abroad. And I was reminded this year just how easy it can be to get lost in the chaos of organising, and forget how enjoyable it easy to see faith, family and football coming together.
“We’re delighted with the number of teams playing and I’m proud of everyone who took part and who helped organise the event. A special thank you should also go out to our main sponsor AW Mellor Associates for supporting this event.”