23rd Oct, 2020

Excitement building for Redditch footie tribute to our key workers

Ross Crawford 12th Aug, 2020

THE finishing touches are being put to a charity football match in aid of the NHS in Redditch.

Featuring health staff versus key workers, the aim is a summer celebration to mark the relaxing of lockdown restrictions, to say thank you to everyone who kept on working through coronavirus and raise vital funds in the process.

It’s all happening this Bank Holiday Sunday, August 30, at Mettis Aerospace Sports Club on Cherry Tree Walk in Batchley and offers the perfect day out for local people having their ‘staycation’ in Redditch.

The match is the idea of Brockhill resident Lee Simmons who works for Redditch-based pharmaceutical distribution company Lexon, which is also sponsoring the team kits.

“It’s been amazing the way it’s taken off,” said dad of two Lee.

“I just put the idea out there and players just started contacting me. West Mercia Police football team also got in touch and said their cadets could help with bucket collections.”

Lee also benefited from the ‘Good to ‘Great’ scheme run by his employers.

“I put the idea to my manager and they thought it would qualify for Good to Great and really I was just looking for a donation.

“I couldn’t believe it when they offered to pay for both sets of kit.”

Gates open at 11am and kick off is at 1.30pm.

Entry is just £2 and here are just some of the attractions:

There will be a snack van and food also available inside, the bar will be open and the special guest is Peppa Pig.

In addition there will be a popcorn stand, Slush Puppy stand, candy floss, glitter tattoo, cakes, NHS keyrings, candle wax stand, outdoor disco and a raffle with some stupendous prizes including a three night holiday on the Isle of Wight, two nights at the Holiday Inn, a flying lesson, go karting, £200 tattoo voucher and much more.

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