£18,000 Raised in Charity Takeover

Date Published: 3rd April 2018

Ramsdens Charity Takeover raises thousands for two local hospices

Two local charities are celebrating after receiving fantastic support from Ramsdens, the local jeweller and currency provider, in a Middlesbrough Football Club charity takeover, raising £18,000 to be shared between both charities.

The names of Teesside Hospice and Butterwick Hospice appeared across the front of Middlesbrough FC player’s shirts for the league game against Reading on 10th February 2018 in a charity takeover, thanks to the generosity of the club’s shirt sponsors.

Ramsdens dedicated the shirt sponsorship, plus profits from the sale of player’s shirts, bucket collections and a Boro Legends Sportsman’s Dinner held on Saturday 17th February, to celebrate the work of these two important local charities.

The Sportsman’s Dinner proved to be a huge success for Butterwick Hospice and Teesside Hospice, with special guests Mark Proctor, Steve Vickers, Andy Campbell and Alan Peacock speaking about their personal football memories, covering 50 years of football. Compere Jeff Winter hosted a brilliant auction and prize draw to raise extra funds and comedian Mick Munroe was fabulously funny, topping off a great night of MFC hospitality.

A cheque presentation was held at Teesside Hospice, where Ramsdens CEO, Peter Kenyon handed over a cheque for £18,000 to Maureen Thompson, Chief Executive of Teesside Hospice and Debbie Jones, Chief Executive of Butterwick Hospice.

Commenting on the charity takeover, Peter Kenyon, Ramsdens CEO said, “Ramsdens were pleased to support both Butterwick Hospice and Teesside Hospice. We are immensely proud to have been Middlesbrough FC shirt sponsor since 2010 and we couldn’t have been more pleased to donate this sponsorship to raise awareness of the great work both Butterwick Hospice and Teesside Hospice do.”

“The shirts were very well received at the match, with Middlesbrough FC fans donating to the two charities through bucket collections, text to win schemes and our eBay auctions, where fans could bid on the special edition shirts, it was fantastic to see.”

Ben Gibson, Middlesbrough Football Club Defender and Teesside Hospice Ambassador said: “I was delighted to have the names of two phenomenal local charities on our shirts at the game against Reading. I have always seen it as part of my job to be a positive influence through sport and charity and I am very proud to be able to support hospice care in our local community.”

Maureen Thompson, Chief Executive at Teesside Hospice said, “We are very grateful for the opportunity given to us by Ramsdens to raise awareness of our vital work in the local community. Support from businesses like Ramsdens and Middlesbrough FC ensures that we can continue this work.”

Debbie Jones, Chief Executive at Butterwick Hospice said “Football is a large part of every community and touches the lives of people of all ages, our hospice services mirror that and having the opportunity to raise awareness of our Charity within the local community is vital to our work.”

For more information on the great work these charities do, visit www.butterwick.org.uk or www.teessidehospice.org

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