Charity footballers hit the target for Seashell Trust

Players before kick-off at the Ashfield Healthcare Communications football tournament in Macclesfield
Players before kick-off at the Ashfield Healthcare Communications football tournament in Macclesfield

Communications agency Ashfield Healthcare Communications’ charity football tournament has smashed its goal of raising £1,000 for Seashell Trust in Stockport.

Ashfield Healthcare Communications took on ‘Rest of the (healthcare communications) World’ teams at Macclesfield Rugby Club.

Ashfield, which has offices in Macclesfield and Tytherington, raised £1,300 and awareness for Seashell Trust.

The charity in Cheadle Hulme provides year-round residential care for children and young people from across the country, aged two to 25 years old, with profound learning disabilities and sensory impairments.

They have some of the most complex needs and disabilities in society including deafness, blindness and autism. All of them have some degree of brain damage, and critically, all have little or no ability to communicate.

Piers French, a senior strategist from Ashfield Healthcare Communications and chair of the Ashfield Cares Macclesfield committee, said: “Annually, we organise a football match between our offices to raise money for a good cause.

“However this year, we wanted to raise awareness with more people and not be limited just to our company.

“We are fortunate to have friends in other healthcare communications companies who were eager to be involved.

“The event has become a tournament with WRG, BioScript and LOVE LIVE Graphics all contributing players.

“Seashell Trust 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.

“Many of us have seen the extraordinary patience needed to raise a child with complex learning difficulties and wanted to do anything we can to help – even in this small way.”

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.”

To pitch in too, please donate here.