Goals galore as footballers net funds

This Is Wiltshire: Chris Penelhum, left, with his team and Robbie Newton, right, with the TP All Stars at Lambrok fields Chris Penelhum, left, with his team and Robbie Newton, right, with the TP All Stars at Lambrok fields

A fundraising football match scored a great result for three charities on Sunday afternoon.

The game took place as part of builders merchants Travis Perkins’ support for their two nominated charities of 2012, Breast Cancer Campaign and Together for Short Lives.

Sunday’s game between the Travis Perkins All Stars and the Chris Penelhum Invitation 11, which finished 4-3, raised £380. Half went to the company’s charities and half to testicular cancer charity It’s In the Bag.

Chris Penelhum is currently recovering from the illness and the game was organised by his friend Robbie Newton, assistant manager of the Melksham Travis Perkins branch.

Mr Newton, who has organised a series of charity events throughout the year, said: “The day went really well, we had a good crowd and the weather was fine, if a little chilly.

“It was a really close game – we arranged with the ref that one of the players would deliberately handle the ball so we could get Chris on to take a penalty.”

So far this year, Travis Perkins staff and customers have raised around £2,700 for their nominated charities with the aim of beating last year’s £3,000 charity total.

From Monday the firm’s Trowbridge branchis running a week-long auction for the appeal. To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.

com/RobbieNewton.

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