Committee Member Richard Iles presents a cheque for £1,000 to Chris Roys, Chief Executive of Jessie May Photographs courtesy of Pete Ricketts

Children's Hospice

Keynsham Walking Football’s Chairman, Mike Slucutt presents Frances Kenneally, Community Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice SW with their cheque for £1,000

Apart from the playing and social side of members over 50 getting together to carry on playing the game that we all love and for longer, Keynsham Walking Football combines these activities with raising money for Good causes.

During the 2019/20 season the members of the club nominated Children’s Hospice South West and Jessie May as their chosen charities. During the season various events were organised and the club managed to collect £2,000 which was split equally between these two. The formal presentation of the cheques was delayed due to lockdown until this week, although the money was transferred to their accounts in May to help with their fundraising during this pandemic.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) exists to make the most of short and precious lives and puts children and families at the centre of all it does. Our vision is to be fit for the future by continuing to:

  • Strive to provide the highest level of care, clinical expertise and enrichment opportunities for children
    who are expected to die in childhood.
  • Continue to provide holistic care that meets the needs of all family members.
  • Maximise our services to as many families as possible in ways they want and in partnership with others.
  • Promoting the needs of children with life-limiting conditions both regionally and nationally.
  • Share our expertise widely through the provision of education.

Jessie May is a charity that provides hospice at home care for terminally ill children in Bristol and the surrounding area. The charity was set up by the parents of Jessica May Purrington, a little girl who died at home aged 4 months, surrounded by her family and her nurses. Jessie May has a team of dedicated nurses who provide care to children and families during a child’s life and after their death.

Keynsham Walking Football train at the AJN Stadium in Keynsham, home of Keynsham Town FC and have two sessions for Over 50s (Thursday evenings and Friday mornings) and one for Over 65s on Tuesday mornings. Last season they entered two teams in the Somerset FA Walking Football League (Over 50s and Over 60s) and one in the Gloucester FA League for Over 70s.

Further details can be found on our Walking Football section or follow us on Facebook.

Author: Mike Slucutt

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