Portsmouth firefighters taken on teachers in charity basketball game raises cash for hospital party

ON THE BALL From left, Chloe Matharu, Simon Bone, Antonio Brito, Neil Lane and Claire Abbott.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (120894-656)
ON THE BALL From left, Chloe Matharu, Simon Bone, Antonio Brito, Neil Lane and Claire Abbott. Picture: Allan Hutchings (120894-656)

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TEACHERS were pitted against firefighters in a charity basketball match.

The game was organised by pupil Katy Wood as part of City of Portsmouth Girls’ School’s charity week.

Each of the four houses from the St Mary’s Road school pick a charity to raise money for.

And 15-year-old Katy, who is an events co-ordinator at the school, chose Cosham fire station’s QA Christmas party to benefit from her fundraising.

She said: ‘I went to the Christmas party held by the fire service last year and took a video. I explained to the house what it meant, and they agreed to raise money for the cause.

‘I had been at Queen Alexandra Hospital just before Christmas and thought it must be horrible to spend time away from your family in there and wanted to help this party.’

Each year the fire station invites poorly children from the Cosham hospital and hosts a party. They also buy presents for each child and put on entertainment.

Katy added: ‘The basketball game idea came because I thought firefighters are very competitive and teachers enjoy a challenge so it would be a good way to raise money for charity. I want to say thank you to the firefighters for coming along and helping.’

Two 10-minute matches were played.

In the first it was Cosham green watch firefighters versus teachers, which the fire crew won. In the second the teams were mixed up.

Students were charged 30p to watch the game and doughnuts and milkshakes were also sold.

Altogether around £700 was raised.

Emma Lane, head of Topaz house, said: ‘We thought it was a brilliant idea and it’s great the cause is so local.

‘All the girls have been getting involved with fundraising and it was a great day.’

Pupil Amber Reed, 15, said: ‘It was really good to watch the match.’

Firefighter Neil Lane said: ‘Katy did a brilliant job organising this and the money is for such a good cause.

‘The party started as an idea on blue watch and it’s just grown as something we do as a station.

‘It was good to play against the teachers and helps us get out into the community.’