On the hottest day ever recorded in the UK we had a charity football match arranged. After a lot of deliberation and copious risk assessments put in place, it was decided we would continue with it for as long as everyone could bear.
The match was played by mixed teams comprising of staff, young people, and young adults who used to live with us. Frequent breaks were taken and there was plenty of water, which had been generously funded (along with a £100 donation to our charity, Leeway) by Minimum World in Loddon, when they realised what we were intending to do!
The fiercely-played match finished off at 4-2 at which point everyone was ready to return to the shady grounds of Turnstone House to relax and have lunch. The barbecue had been prepared in sweltering heat, and was soon demolished by the hungry teams and spectators. There was a lovely community atmosphere as everyone mingled and caught up with each other.
After ice lollies had been consumed, the raffle was drawn. We had been donated some amazing prizes by local businesses and the raffle raised over £350. This will be added to the money donated on the day and presented to Leeway to help fund their support to those experiencing domestic abuse.
Leeway – Breaking free from domestic abuse
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and 750,000 child incidents of domestic abuse are reported in the UK every year. It’s our aim to provide free and confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.