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We at Ashfield Healthcare Communications wanted to help improve the lives of those who need a lot of support – children and young people with complex needs and disabilities.

On 4th May, our Ashfield Cares Macclesfield Committee organised a charity football tournament with local rivals WRG, Love Live Graphics, Bioscript and other local healthcare communications agencies. Due to the great fundraising efforts of all involved we raised over £1,700 for the Sea Shell Trust.

The charity, based in Cheshire, gives children and young adults with complex learning disabilities the support they need to have a healthy and happy life. They create a supportive learning environment for the children and provide vital respite care for parents.

The tournament was a resounding success. Originally it was organised as one match with Ashfield versus ‘The Rest of the (healthcare communications) World’; but due to the great interest from our friends and rivals we extended it to a tournament. Ashfield Healthcare Communications fielded two teams drawn from across the agency, including Alistair Nield-Fielding, David Calland, Lee Wales, Patrick Hoggard, Lee Wales, David Moore, Hannah Bassirat, Hannah Finnigan, Aaron McNulty, Neil Marmont, David Mayes, Nick Kelley, Chris Whittaker and Tanaka Bvundara.

Everyone played well, but sadly we didn’t win – finishing third overall. Given the great response, I’m sure we will organise another in the near future. So if you would like to be involved then please get in touch with Piers French.

The level of support and generosity from our colleagues and other businesses exceeded all of our ambitions so thank you to all those who took part, donated or came and cheered us on! By working together and with a few hours of sport, we have been able to make a small but significant contribution towards helping improve the lives of children with complex learning difficulties.

Wendy Bray, fundraiser from Seashell Trust, said: “It was a fantastic evening in brilliant sunshine. Thanks to all the players that took part – our students are the ones who will run out the winners at the end of the day.”

If you would also like to donate, please follow the link here.