Local Trust Staff Complete ‘Match For The Day’ Challenge

MEMBERS of staff from Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust, alongside their families and friends have completed the second marathon 24-hour football match in aid of Marie Curie. The gruelling challenge took place on 19th and 20th February at Liverpool John Moores University, I.M. Marsh Campus in Aigburth, Liverpool. The match was officially kicked off at 6pm by the Everton Football Club veterans Kevin Sheedy and Ian Snodin. Players were split into two core squads consisting of eight players. To make the match more demanding, three players from each core squad were required to play throughout the 24-hour period alongside family members, friends and other LCH colleagues. The proceeds of the Match For The Day event will be donated to Marie Curie who provide care and support for people living with any life limiting illness, and their families. They have been carrying out vital work for over 65 years – and last year alone cared for over 40,000 people across the UK. Paul Hughes, Performance Lead at LCH explains: “The first Match For The Day challenge was completed in February 2014; it was inspired by my Mum who was battling cancer so bravely at the time. Sadly, my Mum’s illness progressed and she lost her fight last year.  The care she received from Marie Curie was amazing and made such a difference to both her and the rest of the family in her last weeks and days.” Paul continues: “The challenge was tough but also good fun. There were times throughout the night when we wondered if we would be able to see the match through to the end. It was much harder than we thought but pulling together along with some tears and laughter helped us to complete the challenge. Paul adds “My brother Dave and I would like to thank our family, friends and LCH colleagues for getting involved as well as our sponsors BE Property, Hitch Marketing, Mersey STEM, West Kirby Physiotherapy and Liverpool John Moores University and everyone who came along for their support. It really means a lot to us and the money raised will help Marie Curie to make such an important difference to the lives of other people with terminal illnesses. My mum would be ever so proud.” The challenge aimed to raise £10,000 for Marie Curie and so far it is expected that over £13,000 will be raised. If you would like to show your support for the team please visit the online donations page at the following link https://www.justgiving.com/MatchForTheDay2016/