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Posted on Apr 28 2023 by Fiona Bailey

Football dominated last week in Northampton when not one, but two charity events were held which were linked to the beautiful game.

On Thursday, staff and patients were treated to a penalty shoot-out carried out on inflatables which was set up outside William Wake House.

Patients from Sunley and Hawkins helped organise the event, which was held to raise money for the two children’s wards at Northampton General Hospital. Other wards and departments were encouraged to go along and take part.

Jonathan Au, Senior Healthcare Assistant on Hawkins, said: “The weather held for us and the patients were really excited about the event. We had lots of participation and a great day was had by all.

“More importantly we managed to raise £160 for the hospital’s children’s wards which we’re all over the moon about.”

The next day, there was more football fun after a staff versus patient match was played in honour of former staff member Roger Sawford. Another charitable cause, money raised on the day was donated to the Brain Tumour Charity.

Organiser Craig Newman, Specialist Occupational Therapist on Rose and Prichard ward, said: “We had a fantastic turnout from the wards with 15 patients and 11 staff playing. We were thrilled that  Roger’s son also came along and played.

“The spectators braved the changeable conditions and the game was cheered on with around 30 to 40 staff and patients throughout the afternoon.

“The match was competitive and played with a great team spirit and high levels of skill and commitment. In the closing stages staff were narrowly leading so with ten minutes to go we played a winner takes all and next goal wins. I would also like to thank the finance team and Becky Green for sponsoring the game so we could buy equipment and resources.

“It finally came down to penalties and the patients kept their nerve and took the victory. A big thanks to the staff who helped run the event and the staff who made the effort to escort so many patients to enjoy a brilliant charity match.

“Most all a big shout out to the patients who were amazing and displayed enthusiasm, positivity and impeccable behaviour throughout. Today’s event just demonstrated how football is multi-dimensional in its benefits and socially inclusive bringing together people with common share interest."

​​​​​​​Russell Lewis from the Northampton Town Football Club also came down and provided the hospital with 30 tickets for staff and patients who were able to attend Saturday’s game against Harrogate.

He also kindly donated 12 brand new Cobblers tops, which were sold for a £5 donation which helped raise more money for the charity.