Football tournament raises whopping £27k for Southend homeless charity

On Saturday May 21, 32 local businesses competed at Roots Hall, home of Southend United, in 7-a-side football tournament World Cup-on-Sea, raising a huge £27k (and counting!) for HARP, Southend’s leading homelessness charity.

The event, which was last held in 2019 and then postponed for two years due to the pandemic, was a huge success, with Colchester based accountancy firm Scrutton Bland walking away with the trophy having beaten Academy Insurance 1-0 in a hard fought final.

Funds were raised by teams paying an entry fee and many of the businesses involved raised money through their own office-based fundraising initiatives.

Jackie Bliss, chief executive of HARP, said: “All those who took part or attended have contributed towards raising a significant sum which will help us in our work helping local people to overcome or avoid homelessness.”

Andy Hilliard, Managing Director of Rochford based recruitment agency AJ Chambers who organised the event, said: “A huge thank you to Couno for sponsoring the event and Estuary Housing Association and Academy Insurance Services Ltd – one of the finalists – for sponsoring the pitches.”

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Mick Ferris

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