More than £150 raised thanks to football fun!
With football fever gripping the nation as England’s Lionesses roared their way to the World Cup Final, and after several requests from colleagues, we are pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural charity football tournament.
At Home From Home Care, we encourage our colleagues to follow their passions and help the individuals we support to do the same.
Helping the individuals we support take part in activities including horse-riding, fishing, cycling, go-karting, rock climbing and even indoor sky-diving is all part of the day job at Home From Home Care… and now we even have a football tournament!
Scoring goals and donations
The initial idea was to set up one match between colleagues to raise money for the charity Say Hello, which helps adults with learning disabilities across Lincolnshire combat loneliness by facilitating activities to bring people together and have fun.
Due to the high level of interest though, the idea was extended into a knockout tournament with four teams playing matches across multiple dates in the summer. Spreading the matches out ensured that all colleagues who wanted to play could be made available without impacting on resourcing in the homes.
Colleagues were asked to contribute £5 to play, and spectators including colleagues, friends and family donated £2, with all proceeds going to Say Hello.
We also invited the individuals we support to come along for a kick about before each match, and stay to watch the games, to enable this activity to be accessible to everyone.
Alex, Senior Locality Manager at Home From Home Care, said:
“It was really good to see the individuals take part and see the smiles on their faces. A lot of our colleagues and individuals share similar interests, so it makes these types of activities more meaningful.”
They think it’s all over…
The colleagues taking part came up with some creative team names, with the four teams named Team ‘Foulher’, Fenntastic, Newbolds Golden Balls and Wells’s Whip Its.
The two winners of the semi-finals progressed through to the final, which took place at the end of July, between Team ‘Foulher’ and Newbolds Golden Balls.
Team ‘Foulher’ took the victory after a closely fought contest, with the tournament raising a fantastic £165 for Say Hello!
Berin, Data Analyst at Home From Home Care, said:
“It was wonderful. It was an opportunity to meet a lot of different people from across Home From Home Care and we’ve all had a great time.”
Cameron, Assistant Locality Manager at Home From Home Care, added:
“Home From Home Care is always organising different events that everyone can get involved in and come together to promote our one team culture.”