No quarter was given, and none was asked, but even before the whistles blew everyone was a winner after a Seddon charity mixed 6-a-side football day in Salford last week.
More than 90 members of Seddon employees joined players from 3B Training, Construction Skills People and Bromak to fundraise for the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the GM Homelessness Fund.
Eccles Sixth Form College, which also entered a team, gave up their facilities for free as the construction giant fielded 12 teams – everyone from directors to bricklayers, including Jonathan Seddon and sister and fellow director Nicola Hodkinson.
The day which also included a raffle raised more than £800 to be split between the two charities.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Withington is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe and is also an international leader in cancer research and development, home to the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research. Seddon has been fundraising for the hospital for many years and aims to raise £1m by 2022.
The Greater Manchester Homelessness Fund was set up to help meet Mayor Andy Burnham’s pledge to eliminate rough sleeping across the city region by 2020. It’s an independent charity which allocates funds to local organisations through a grant process.
Tony Costello, Infrastructure Project Manager at Seddon, said: “It was a brilliant day and all the matches were played in a great spirit, although there was no doubt that everyone wanted to win!
“So, it’s a big thank you to all the teams and all the backroom staff who helped make this happen and especially to Eccles Sixth Form College for letting use their facilities. It’s great that we have been able to raise even more money for the Christie as well as contribute to the Homelessness Fund.”
Marie Toller, head of major relationships at The Christie charity, said: “On behalf of The Christie I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all the team at Seddon for supporting us in this way.
“Seddon has supported The Christie for a number of years and has helped to raise an incredible amount of money for the charity. To date they have raised over £819,000 and we are hugely thankful for their fundraising efforts.”
And just for the record the winners were Eccles Sixth Form College with runners up being a Seddon team from the Midlands office.
Rebecca Parks, Head of Eccles Sixth Form College said: “We were extremely proud to be able to host the Seddon Charity Football Tournament. It was wonderful to see our incredible facilities being used for such a worthwhile cause and for Team Eccles to come out triumphant was just brilliant.”