On Saturday 22nd June, two Teesside businesses went head to head in a Charity Football Match, to support three charities from around the region. Middlesbrough based engineering company, Intelect and well-known crisp maker, KP Snacks, based in Billingham, organised the family fun day to raise money for Bloodrun EVS, Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Place.
The event was held at Norton Football Club, and had activities suitable for the whole family, there was even a special visit from the KP Snacks Pom Bear!
Throughout the course of the day, over 200 supporters attended to cheer on the teams, with Intelect crowned victorious after a 2-1 win over the KP Snacks side.
After working together for over 20 years, the two companies decided to join together outside of the working world to raise vital funds for their chosen charities, all of whom rely heavily on donations and volunteers to operate their invaluable services.
Later that week, the KP Snacks Pom Bear made a second appearance, hand delivering three cheques with a total of £900 to the selected charities.
John Jobling, a representative from Bloodrun EVS, attended the event, and accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, he said, “This generous donation will help us to reach the amount needed for us to replace one of our oldest bikes, a Honda Deauville, which is 18 years old.
“The new motorcycle will mean that volunteers can continue to ride safely and with confidence, when travelling between North East NHS Hospitals and Trusts, transporting blood.”
Captain of the Intelect team, and instigator behind the fundraiser, Jordan Garbutt said, “It’s so important that we keep providing support to the local charities in our area, you never know when you might need their help, so we’ve got to ensure they continue to receive the valuable funding they require.”
Following the success of the event, both teams are already planning a rematch for next year, and are hoping to make it an annual occurrence, so that they can continue to provide support to local charities.