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Thatcham pub football match raises over £1,000 for Newbury Cancer Care



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A pub in Thatcham is helping kick cancer into touch with a charity football match which raised far more than expected.

A total of £1,015 was collected when two community teams got together last month for Newbury Cancer Care.

After being diagnosed with cancer himself, a customer recently challenged the Taste of England in Thatcham to a charity football match.

The Taste of England Charity Football match at Henwick.
The Taste of England Charity Football match at Henwick.

Though the customer was unable to make it, due to further ill health, the teams set out to have some fun and do him proud.

Pub landlady Judy Mathews said that, despite his absence, a “good time was had by all.”

Players turned out in an array of costumes from superheroes to well-known television faces as they took to the Henwick playing fields on December 19.

A header from Santa.
A header from Santa.

The match teams represented two groups, one of customers and one put together by Mrs Matthews herself. And of course the match wasn’t about beating one another, it was about beating cancer.

Mrs Matthews added: “We came back here and we did a raffle, it was a good day in the end.

“We would like to thank everybody who donated and for the support we got on the day and a massive thanks to the Ox Box for supplying the food.”

Looking at the total raised, she said that she was “surprised” to have raised so much, especially as the event was held right before Christmas.

Even the cheerleaders had a kick-about.
Even the cheerleaders had a kick-about.

She added: "We were so glad when we thought we had hit six or seven hundred but then we got the thousand, it was good.”

Speaking about other events held at the pub, Mrs Matthews noted: “We have done bits for Newbury Cancer Care in the past but this is arranged by one of our local customers, who has cancer now.

“We used to do a golf day, we’ve done that a couple of times, we also had an Easter egg challenge and a raffle for them.”

Superman saving a goal.
Superman saving a goal.

Looking to the future and the possibility of another similar match she added: “I don’t know what yet, but we will probably do something else.”

When football is more than just a sport.
When football is more than just a sport.


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