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Our football match raised £292 for a number of charities

We’re delighted to announce that we raised £292 for a number of charities yesterday (June 14, 2016) by organising a football match.

We hosted the event at the Newport International Sports Village and the money raised will be donated to our seven charities of the year.

Keith Brock, our Managing Director, said: “Ahead of the European Championship game of Wales versus England on June 16 we thought it would be a great idea to host a charity football match between all of the Wessex Garages’ branches in Wales against all of the branches in England.

“We have three dealerships in Wales and four in England and members of staff from each outlet formed a Welsh team and an English team to battle it out on the pitch.

The full starting line-up
A tense action shot as the match gets underway

“It was a fantastic game. Wales scored a goal in the first fifteen minutes and then England fouled and Wales missed a penalty. England then scored a penalty to equalise five minutes from the end. Wales then managed to score another goal with seconds to full time making them the winners. Staff from all of our branches either played or came along to watch the match and support their team.

“As well as being a great team building exercise the event was to raise money for our charities of the year, which are St David’s Hospice Care in Newport, George Thomas Hospice Care in Cardiff, Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, Dance Voice in Bedminster, The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) in Cheltenham, St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol and The Rainbow Centre for Children also in Bristol.”

Staff were invited to bet on the result of the game. It was £2 a go with those that bet on the winning team going into a hat for a prize draw to win the top prize of extra day of annual leave and the second prize of half a day extra annual leave.

The winner of the top prize was an Englishman betting on Wales, Digital Sales Executive, Darryl Blackmore from our Feeder Road dealership in Bristol and the second prize went to Ray Chappell from our call centre in Newport.

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Things heat up as the Welsh side take possession
England players comtemplate their fate

And the Welsh victors celebrate!