Builders football fundraiser for Newton families

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A house building firm has has hosted a charity football tournament to raise funds for regional charities, including one in Newton-le-Willows.

Taylor Wimpey North West staged the event for the Merseyside-based North West Air Ambulance Charity and Newton-le-Willows Family and Community Centre.

The homebuilder, which is currently operating at a number of developments across the North West, raised a grand total of £2,000 to be split between the two organisations, as well as Derian House Children’s Hospice, in Chorley.

The tournament welcomed 16 teams from various organisations including, event sponsors, How Planning, DAC Beachcroft, and Croft Transport, alongside staff from Taylor Wimpey, and followed the company’s successful Beat the Builder charity triathlon in June for staff, suppliers, contractors and consultants.

Liz Greenwood, regional fundraiser at North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for Taylor Wimpey’s continued support, and can’t thank the team enough.”

The North West Air Ambulance Charity works across Cumbria, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire attending to thousands of incidents year-on-year.

It costs the charity £6.6 million per year to operate its three helicopters, all of which comes from voluntary donations.

Fiona Ruddy, Chair and Trustee at Newton-le-Willows Family and Community Centre, added: “The help we have received from the team at Taylor Wimpey has been vital to the running of the centre. It’s fundraising initiatives of this nature that enable us to continue with our work, so we’re extremely thankful.”

Newton-le-Willows Family and Community Centre is a run by local people for local people, and was set up to improve the quality of life for the people of Newton-le-Willows.

Sophie Saunders, fundraising manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’d like to thank the team at Taylor Wimpey for working so hard to support us – it really has made such a difference to the children and families of Derian House.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice provides respite care and support for over 300 families from across the county, ranging in ages from new born babies to young adults, each often with a life limiting or life threatening illness.

“This costs the charity in excess of £3.75million each year.”

Ian Smith, managing director at Taylor Wimpey North West, added: “We have been working with all three charities for a couple of years now, and have seen first-hand the fantastic work that each one does throughout the region.

“We had a huge turnout of both participants and spectators, and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We raised a lot of money for all three organisations, which we hope will be invaluable in helping each one to continue with its work.

“We would like to thank everybody who came along to the football tournament, including all participants and those who have donated.”