Sainsbury’s staff swap store for footy pitch to raise money for Hartlepool team

Action from the fundraising match at English Martyrs school.
Action from the fundraising match at English Martyrs school.

SUPERMARKET staff swapped the store for the football pitch as they helped to raise money to send a young team to play in a tournament abroad.

The colleagues at Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, lined up for a match against Hartlepool FA’s Year 10 town team.

The talented young lads in the team are currently on a fundraising drive to raise enough money to pay for them to take part in a two-day football competition in Amsterdam in May.

And they are £850 closer to stepping on the plane thanks to the generosity of the supermarket staff.

The two teams played out a closely fought 4-4 draw in the match, which was held at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in front of a big crowd who all played their part in helping to raise the cash.

The colleagues and the generous people who went along to watch provided cake sales and raffle donations in a bid to raise even more money for the youngsters.

Vicky Docherty, 39, a worker in the store whose son, Liam, 14, plays for the team, said: “It was brilliant fun.

“The whole store got involved and to raise £850 in just a couple of hours was excellent.”

The trip to Amsterdam will cost £500 per player for the team so the youngsters have been organising a variety of fundraisers to help raise the cash they need. A race night held this month raised £1,400 to go towards the costs while the players also took part in a day of bag packing.

Vicky added: “As you can imagine, the lads are all really looking forward to maybe being able to play in a competition abroad so they are all doing everything they can to raise the money they need. Everyone at Sainsbury’s was happy to help and to raise as much as we could for them.”

The team’s manager Mark Blackwood said: “I would like to thank everybody involved in the game. I couldn’t believe the amount of support we had at the match from family and friends.”