Sunday 15th July sees Oxford City Football Club play host for the third year in a row to a very special football tournament and fun day, Play2Give, helping raise money for Oxford Children’s Hospital. Play2Give is local man Andrew Baker’s own little charity, which he set up in 2007 with friends, to organise a fun football tournament. This year Oxford City are once again playing host and helping organise this very fun family event, which this year sees children’s teams take to the pitch to contest in the 7 a side competition.
With up to 16 teams taking part, including four in total from City’s very own Under 8s and 9s Colts, it is hoped that with the help of the teams, the families and all those who come out to unite and join in the fun on July 15th thousands of pounds will be raised for the Children’s Hospital.
Andrew runs Play2Give after he himself was treated with brain surgery when he was younger. Andrew, a former children’s hospital patient himself, now 24, has gone on to raise over £23,000 over 10 years for the Children’s Hospital, £11,700 of that with Play2Give football tournaments and fun nights. Helping Andrew to organise this year’s event is Dale Harris, from Cowley, and of Elmer Cotton in Oxford, also assistant coach of the Under 8s Colts. Dale, like Andrew, also knows the importance of the Children’s Hospital as his daughter, Mya, is treated at CHOX for spina bifida and is a regular patient. Together with the aid of Oxford City Football Club and other friends, it is hoped this special tournament will net in a lot of cash.
Andrew says: “This is the fourth time we have organised Play2Give, and each time it has got better, raising thousands for our local children’s hospital.
Andrew continues: “This cause is really close to my heart, as not only was I a patient, but I have met so many other inspirational youngsters treated there, such as Dale’s daughter Mya, and I know what a difference the money we raise makes. We want to see as many people come along and support this event, which we have all worked so hard to make such a great day. Every penny goes to the Children’s Hospital and will help them buy new specialist equipment and facilities beyond standard NHS funds, so please get involved and join in the fun on July 15th”
Together, they are helping repay gratitude to this wonderful local hospital and all in one great cause.
Colin Taylor says:
The day will also see loads of fun and entertainment together with the tournament for the whole family. From a bouncy castle to a Velcro fly wall, to a mini 3aside inflatable footie pitch for the toddlers, coconut shy from the main sponsors Breckon & Breckon, to doughnuts van, ice creams, burgers. There will also be a raffle and silent auctions. One of the top raffle prizes is a signed Manchester United football, together with other great prizes. Lots up for bids in the auctions include a Chelsea FC signed football, a crystal glass vase collection box set donated by Uri Gellar, and a West Ham signed football.
The tournament, with all the fun of the day, will kick off from 9.30am. Oxford United’s coaches and community team will be down in force too, providing all the excitement of a Penalty Shoot-out challenge over 3 hours from 11am to 2pm, and mini skills. Jack FM will be providing music all day long, and bringing an extra special uniqueness to the event.
For more information on this wonderful charity, and this wonderful event that Oxford City FC are proud to support and be involved with, please see www.play2give.org.uk . You can also donate online via www.justgiving.com/play2give2012 and support the campaign.
Raffle tickets are currently available, at 20p a ticket, £1 a book. Available from Colin Taylor at the football club. They will also be available to view and buy on the day.
We hope to see you on July 15th.
Play2Give and Oxford City FC helping to raise money for the Oxford Children’s Hospital – registered charity number 1057295.