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Posted on Feb 18 2019 by

St Andrew's to host charity football match

On February 22, our Northampton site will host a patient vs. staff charity football match – in association with the Mayor of Northampton and Northampton Town Football Club – to raise funds and awareness for the Northampton Hope Centre, who support the homeless and disadvantaged in our local community.

Show your support, and come along to enjoy the great football on show for a great cause. The event will take place between 12:30 – 4:30, and there will also be food and refreshments for spectators and representatives from Northampton Town visiting!

The wonderful initiative was inspired by our very own Occupational Therapist, Craig Newman, who for the past 15 years has been actively breaking down barriers, promoting social inclusion and engaging patients using sport. Craig regularly organises charity matches and tournaments with the fantastic support from Northampton Town Football Club, giving patients a connection to the outside world.

Speaking about the cause, Craig said “homelessness is an increasing issue within the UK and a number of patients have spoken about their experiences of sleeping on the streets and the fear, isolation and feelings of hopelessness”.

“There is clear evidence that shows there is a considerable link between homelessness, social exclusion and mental health problems. So this year we will be supporting The Northampton Hope Centre who look to tackle poverty and homelessness”.

Hope is a progressive anti-poverty charity that works to improve the lives of anyone affected by poverty, especially homelessness; through services, training, campaigning and advocacy. As well as giving practical support, they focus on helping people to help themselves, provide support and services that will enable individuals to take back control of their own lives, and campaign with them against the causes of their disadvantage. Visit the Hope Centre to see more.