Estate agents pitch in with footballers’ fundraising efforts

Published: 15th July 2016

The budding Bale’s and roving Ramsay’s of Oxfordshire came together to net in thousands of pounds for charity with a men’s football tournament earlier this month.

The football tournament, organised by award-winning fundraising group Play2Give, was held on July 3rd at Oxford City Football Club, with a range of 12 six a side teams of blokes together to shoot goals not just on the pitch but for both Oxford Children’s Hospital and Headway Oxfordshire too.

The Play2Give tournament, the eighth host at Oxford City ground on Marsh Lane, Marston, was a fantastic success – which saw 12 six a side squads from firms including Allmakes 4×4 on Milton Park, to accountants The M Group, Cottsway Housing in Witney and MMR Research Worldwide in Wallingford to others – contest the competition. So far over £2,550 has been pitched in for the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital and brain injury charity, Headway Oxfordshire, based in Kennington.

Oxford’s leading independent estate and letting agents Breckon & Breckon with a host of offices across the county helped to pitch in with the fundraising efforts on the day too, with a fantastic coconut shy and having sponsored the event for a fifth year running, contributed £1,053 in total towards the tournament’s charitable goals. The firm with a total of nine offices across the county has given over £5,500 in total towards the football tournaments through being main sponsor and their famous coconut shy. This year one young lady managed to knock off five coconuts with her ten balls making for an event record!

Pictured (attached) is Ben Turner, Sales Manager of the Oxford Apartments division, left, presenting event organisers Andrew Baker, centre, Elaine Childs and Craig Harris, right, with the cheque totalling £1,053. Keith Stacey, Breckon & Breckon’s MD, says: “We were delighted to continue our support of this great day out as part of our commitment to work closely with our local community. Andy Baker is a real inspiration and deserves all the help he and his team can get in raising money for such good causes as the Children’s Hospital at the JR. In 2016 we are supporting over 25 Primary School fetes together with other local charities. For us it’s not just about the financial support, we like to roll up our sleeves and attend on the day”

Didcot BACA Winner, Play2Give, has raised over £48,660 for a range of charitable causes in Oxfordshire since its inception in 2007. The fundraising organisation was set up by Didcot’s Andrew Baker, 28, who began raising money for the Oxford Children’s Hospital aged 14 as a pupil at St Birinus School in 2003.

The Play2Give group also hold other events such as successful fundraising parties and teams in Monster Runs amongst much else to raise funds and awareness of the Children’s Hospital and  Headway Oxfordshire. Andrew was inspired to raise funds for the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital, which opened in January 2007, after receiving treatment throughout childhood following a brain injury at birth and major brain surgery in 2001. With an army of thousands of fundraising friends and football tournaments supporters over the past 14 years, Andrew has raised over £63,610 – with £52,405 of this donated to the Children’s Hospital.

The day also featured a bouncy castle, a raffle, a pair of Silverstone race day tickets auctioned, and music together with food and refreshments. It is hoped that up to £3,000 from the latest event on July 3rd could be netted in total once all proceeds have rolled in. The event was also sponsored by Newbury Building Society.

Andrew says: “It was brilliant to see so many people from businesses to the community at large come out to enjoy a great day of footballing whilst raising money for some truly special causes locally. It was a hotly contested event, and we were incredibly happy with the success of the day after so much hard work put in by the team. We would like to extend our hugest thanks to Oxford City FC, our sponsors Breckon & Breckon, Newbury Building Society, Radio Cherwell, all the players, referees and everyone involved!”

For more information, or to donate, see play2give.org.uk

Picture: Breckon & Breckon chip into the tournament fundraising… From left P2G’s Craig Harris, Andy Baker and Elaine Childs, with Ben Turner from the company