Westfield Health puts on charity football match at Sheffield United

Leading health and wellbeing provider Westfield Health recently put on a charity football match at Sheffield United, raising money for two charities as part of their centenary celebrations.

A team of 20 staff members from Westfield Health took on ‘the world’ – an 18-strong opposition team made up of corporates, customers and Sheffield United fans – on Wednesday 29th May. The game aimed to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice, a charity who provide specialist palliative care in Sheffield, and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a national charity helping to lead the movement against male suicide.

With a score of 5 – 5 after 90 minutes, the game ended with a 6 – 6 draw at penalties. A total of £2,825 was raised for St Luke’s Hospice and £1,499.16 for CALM. Westfield Health’s Charitable Trust added an extra £1,000 for both charities, bringing the total donation to £6324.16.

Westfield Health has donated over £15 million to the NHS and health and wellbeing charities since 1996 and is dedicated to making a healthy difference to the quality of life of their customers and the communities in which they live and work.

Westfield Health Chairman, Graham Moore, said: “I’m delighted that as part of our 100 year celebrations we’ve been able to raise funds for such worthy causes. All players showed brilliant spirit and some healthy competition, and I know for some that playing at Sheffield United was a dream come true. We hope to carry on this new tradition every year as part of our legacy.”

Corporate Fundraising Manager at St Luke’s Hospice, Jack Kidder, commented: “All of the team at St Luke’s are so grateful to Westfield Health for their incredible ongoing support. The football match was a great occasion and we were privileged to be supported by the teams involved. This support will make a great difference to our vital work caring for adults in Sheffield and their loved ones affected by terminal illness.”

Lucy Chambers, Fundraising Manager at CALM, said: “On average, 12 men a day take their own lives in the UK. That’s why CALM work so hard to prevent suicide. We provide vital support via a helpline and webchat as well as trying to evolve the culture that prevents people from seeking help when they need it.

“The amazing fundraising efforts of Westfield Health are right on CALM’s sweet spot – people coming together around a passion such as football. Events like this allow participants to recognise the issue and play an active role in preventing male suicide. The vital funds will enable us to continue to support our ever growing demand on services.”