Charity Shield football challenge raises double the amount expected
This year’s Charity Shield Match, played by the League Champions and the winners of the Senior Cup in the West Kent Sunday Football League, took place on Friday 30th August at Jockey Farm Stadium, Rusthall and not only saw Simla beat Artois 2-0 in a well played and entertaining game but also raised a generous £1,000 on the day – double the expected target.
Minh Lan Nguyen, Relationship Fundraising Coordinator at the Hospice, said “Hospice in the Weald touches many people’s lives locally and we are so grateful for all contributions toward the £7 million we need to raise every year”.
Stuart Turner, Chairman of West Kent Sunday Football League, said: “I would like to thank all concerned with the recent Charity Shield Match between Artois and Simla. Firstly, thanks to Rusthall FC who made their ground available to us at no charge. Secondly, the four match officials – referee, Mick Syrett, and assistants, Stephen Ryan, Dave Hogan and Jerry Annandale. The generosity of both Artois and Simla and of course all those who attended the match or contributed to the two bucket collections I made at the pre-season meeting and on the night.”
The Hospice has been the League’s choice in recent years in memory of Alan Rofe, who served on the League’s Management Committee and ran his own clubs Beastalls FC, Lord Cornwallis FC and Ramsey ’86 FC, and also Andy Webb, a founder of Camden Town FC back in the 90’s – both of whom were cared for on the Hospice In-Patient Ward.