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Local companies football match for charity

Local companies football match for charity

Salop Leisure and Greenhous are two prominent local companies who focus on working with the community. Both are employers of large numbers of local people, and they actively engage in supporting good causes. Over the past year there has been friendly competition between Salop Leisure and Greenhous staff on the sports field.

A football match was played at Shrewsbury Town FC’s Greenhous Meadow won by Salop Leisure, and a cricket match at Shrewsbury Cricket Club in which Greenhous came out on top. So, at one all in the series, a new football challenge has been set for 7pm, Friday 8th May at the Greenhous Meadow with two teams going head to head in aid of a special, lesser known charity. Edd Poole is a master technician at Greenhous Renault Shrewsbury, and he has personal reasons for nominating the charity, APEC, which was readily accepted by the staff of both companies.

Edd explains: “It is a small charity for Action on Pre-Eclampsia, a disease which can affect pregnancy after 20 weeks with possible fatal effects on the baby and the mother. My wife passed away during child birth due to HELLP syndrome, which is a little known aspect of Pre-Eclampsia, so I do what I can to raise awareness. I am very grateful to the staff of Salop Leisure and Greenhous for selecting APEC as the chosen charity for the match. I know the money will be well received and go towards research into the causes of this condition.” Beth Jones, Fundraising Officer for Action on Pre-Eclampsia, is delighted with the support being given. She says: “Edd has been fantastic in his fundraising efforts in the past and we are so grateful. The football match sounds great, we are really pleased that Salop Leisure and Greenhous can help Edd in his efforts to raise money for Action on Pre-Eclampsia and awareness for Pre-Eclampsia. As a small charity, every donation goes a very long way.”

Greenhous team manager, Martin James, believes the friendly rivalry enhances staff moral and team work, also ensuring at least some put in some fitness training! “I played in the cricket match and it was a lot of fun. To be able to play on the hallowed turf at Shrewsbury Town FC is a wonderful motivation for the players on both sides. We hope to have lots of supporters there and we will have a charity collection, so entrance will be free. I am delighted that Salop Leisure have agreed to support APEC as the charity. Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is a worrying prospect for any potential parents” Mike Harris, Operations Director and Team Manager Salop Leisure, believes that the match is set to be a big show down after Salop Leisure clinched the win last time out:

“We hope that members of staff from both companies will come out to support the teams and the charity along with the general public. As a company we are delighted to be able to support a charity that has touched a local family and we aim to raise as much money as possible.”

The match is open for the public to attend and help to raise awareness of APEC. Further information about the match or how to make a donation to the charity can be received by contacting Martin James by e mail or telephone 01743 352244. Pictured are Mike Harris(left) and Paul Smith of Greenhous Vauxhall at the Greenhous Meadow.