A huge THANK YOU to all the teams who took part in this year’s Charity 7-a-Side Football event, as well as those who came along to support the players, raising money in aid of CHICKS.
A very special thank you to Nick De Bois, MP for Enfield North, who very kindly attended at short notice on behalf of MP David Burrowes. We wish David a speedy recovery.
Thank you also to United Trust Bank for their generosity, and to Cardiff City FC for their support. Lastly, thank you to Bob Mills from Talk Sport for making fun of everyone all day, John Jones (DJ from Hed Kandi) and all the other entertainers.
Our congratulations go to the tournament winners Verve Clothing, who beat Wilkinson Byrne on penalties in the final!! Very well done to you. The real winners on the day, however, were the children that CHICKS support (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids).
Many of us were fortunate enough when we were children to enjoy family holidays, possibly all over the world. As we go through life we reflect on the fantastic memories we have of those holidays and look back at photos of loved ones and remember the good times we shared. We now strive to provide our own children with regular holidays as we know what it means to them and we enjoy seeing them happy and content.
Thousands of children in the UK grow up in poverty or are underprivileged, some have no parents, or have a single parent, and some are subjected to mental and/or physical abuse. For these children, a one day Holiday in the UK, let alone abroad, is nothing more than a distant dream.
CHICKS is a national children’s charity that provides these 8–15 year olds with FREE respite breaks at retreats in Cornwall and Devon so that they can swim in the sea, visit the countryside, ride a horse and run around in green wide open spaces; often for the first time in their lives. Whilst there these children can let off steam, make new friends, build their confidence, have fun and ultimately build some positive childhood memories.
The breaks offered by CHICKS are just the beginning and the effects last a lifetime.Each year CHICKS needs to raise £1.3 million and it receives no government funding.Whilst children are currently being pushed further into poverty, we are trying to provide many more disadvantaged children with the chance to benefit from some positive time away.
Michael Yianni | MD