Charity game could become annual event after success

The charity mathc could become an annual fixture. ''Picture:  Malcolm Wells (150412-7130)
The charity mathc could become an annual fixture. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150412-7130)
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  • J2M Financial Solutions organised a charity football game to raise money for Ickle Pickle
  • The match raise £1,094 for the charity
  • The event could now become an annual fundraiser after being so successful
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TWO teams battled it out at a charity football match.

J2M Financial Solutions organised the friendly with health recruitment firm Compass Associates to raise money for Ickle Pickles children’s charity, which raises money for neonatal intensive care.

I have had people on both teams asking when we can do a rematch so I think this will become an annual thing.

Robyn Tolley

The 22 players worked hard throughout the 90 minutes for the win and the J2M team pulled off a 2-1 victory to be crowned winners.

More than £1,000 was raised for Ickle Pickles which helps pay for equipment for babies who are born prematurely.

Robyn Tolley, general manager of J2M, based in Heritage Way, Gosport, said the day was such a success it could become an annual event.

‘Everyone had a lot of fun at the game,’ she said. ‘I have had people on both teams asking when we can do a rematch so I think this will become an annual thing.

‘It was such a good day out and the weather was great.

‘When we first organised the match, I was hoping to raise at least £500. But as we got nearer, I wanted to reach £1,000 so to raise £1,094 is fantastic.

‘We could even add to that total as more money comes in.’

Owner of J2M Jon Gardner got in touch with Ickle Pickles about fundraising for them. After hearing the important work the charity does, the company was even more determined to raise money.

Robyn added: ‘Jon spoke to people from the charity and to hear some of their stories is really overwhelming.

‘As a firm, we aim to do a couple of charity events a year and Ickle Pickles is a great charity to raise money for.’

J2M is a sponsor of Gosport Borough Football Club so the match was held at the club’s ground Privett Park.

Robyn said: ‘Seeing as we sponsor Gosport FC we thought a football match would be an ideal way to raise money.

‘I asked a few of my friends to join the official J2M team and then I got in touch with a couple of other people about getting a second team together.

‘They took it on board and managed to get 11 players.’