Charity football match raises hundreds for Norfolk charities
PUBLISHED: 09:47 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 07 June 2019
While Liverpool were preparing to take on Tottenham in the Champions League final there was an equally as important match kicking-off in King's Lynn.
House builders Lovell East Anglia went toe-to-toe with West Norfolk council to raise money for charity
The teams decided to hold the match at Lynnsport during a meeting discussing affordable homes in King's Lynn.
Money raised is being donated to the Fire Fighters Charity and West Norfolk Mind, which is also supported by mayor of West Norfolk Geoff Hipperson.
The final score was 3-1 to Lovells East Anglia but organiser and council worker Sam Garrod said it was a good day all round.
The 32-year-old said: "It was really good despite our team losing but I did manage to get a goal myself.
"But as a team were pulled together and made a real effort with some feisty moments throughout the game as the competitive side of everyone came out but it was a good laugh all round."
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The Fire Fighters Charity provides life-enhancing services to the fire and rescue community, and its support programmes include rehabilitation, recuperation, psychology and nursing.
West Norfolk Mind is an independent charity based in King's Lynn that promotes mental and social inclusion within the community and supplies resources for individuals who have a mental health issue, as well as their family and friends.
The teams set a target of raising £500 and with donations still coming in they believe to have reached their target.
"We were able to get a few sponsors and with a trophy donated," Mr Garrod added, "We were able to get the mayor involved as well which was absolutely amazing.
"We were pleased with the turn out with quite a few people came independently to watch which was much appreciated."
Mr Hipperson said: "Who needs the Champions League final when the real action is at Lynnsport?
"Two worthy charities will benefit, one being very close to my heart. West Norfolk Mind encourages positive mental health and social inclusion, and this match is a great example of that."
Are you organising a charity event? Email Marc.Betts@archant.co.uk