Festival Organisers from the up-coming Rock Diabetes festival, teamed up with local company Welton, Bibby & Baron Ltd to host a charity football match at Leighton Sports Club last Sunday.
The idea to raise money for the charity was Natalie Guildford’s after fellow workers from the company Shane Taylor, Ryan James, Andrew Simmons, Matthew Garbula and Mike Ward came up with the original idea, that started out as the companies’ two local branches having a friendly 5 aside match. They was surprised by the number of people wanting to play that it soon became clear it had to be a full on 11 a side match. The two branches lined up as Wiltshire and Somerset as one branch is in Westbury and the other in Radstock. The 1st half was evenly matched with both sides having an equal share of the play, but with Wiltshire taking a two nil half time lead. In the second half however, Somerset proved too much for the Wiltshire side to handle and put 6 past them, looking the less tired of the two teams. With fantastic support from friends, family and co-workers the two sides came off the pitch at the final whistle to loud cheers, mini trophies and champagne !!
Before, during and after the game, collection buckets raised £225. Afterwards at the post-match drinks a member of the companies Union promised that they would double whatever was collected, so the final total was £450. Natalie said this was an amazing effort and thanks everyone for their generosity, and a cracking day !
This is another great example of some of the fundraising the charity festival has been doing during the year, all going towards the grand total that will be announced after the festival itself on Saturday October 11th at Trowbridge Civic Centre. One of the organisers Karen said “It’s great to be involved with such a worthy cause that not only raises money for children with type 1 diabetes but also supports local live music”