It’s England v Wales, a bit early… thanks to Wessex Garages

Time 1:41 pm, June 15, 2016

AN award-winning car dealership with outlets across South Wales and the South West raised £292 for a number of charities yesterday by organising a football match.

Wessex Garages hosted the event at the Newport International Sports Village and the money raised will be donated to its seven charities of the year.

Keith Brock, managing director at Wessex Garages, said: ‘Ahead of the European Championship game of Wales versus England on June 16, we thought it would be a great idea to host a charity football match between all of the Wessex Garages’ branches in Wales against all of the branches in England.

Wessex Garages - England football team - Pic 2‘We have three dealerships in Wales and four in England and members of staff from each outlet formed a Welsh team and an English team to battle it out on the pitch.

‘It was a fantastic game. Staff from all of our branches either played or came along to watch the match and support their team.

‘As well as being a great team-building exercise the event was to raise money for our charities of the year.’

These include St David’s Hospice Care in Newport, George Thomas Hospice Care in Cardiff, and St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol.

Staff were invited to bet on the result of the game. It was £2 a go with those that bet on the winning team going into a hat for a prize draw to win the top prize of an extra day of annual leave and the second prize of half a day extra annual leave.

The winner of the top prize was digital sales executive Darryl Blackmore from the Feeder Road dealership in Bristol and the second prize went to Ray Chappell from the company’s call centre in Newport.

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