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A premier football effort raises £2,500 for local charity

Winchester

On Sunday 5th August, a team of 20 people from local businesses and the Winchester Young Carers Charity came together to play a 12 hour football marathon and raised a substantial £2,500 for local charity, Winchester Young Carers.

The match took place at Winchester University Sports Hall from 6am – 6pm and there were approximately 40 supporters on hand to spur the teams on and keep them motivated and energized throughout. During the gruelling 12 hour match, players were subbed on and off which enabled them to have light refreshments and a well earned sports massage and brief rest. The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Frank Pearson, made a special appearance and was there to blow the final whistle to end the match and congratulate the players.
In April this year, Basepoint Winchester chose Winchester Young Carers as its chosen charity. Winchester Young Carers is an independent charity which provides a service to improve the lives of children and young people aged 8-17yrs with caring responsibilities by providing weekly young carer support groups, a fun activities programme and advice and guidance.
Rebecca Powell Centre Manager of Basepoint Winchester comments: ‘It was a fantastic day and it was great to see so many people come out to support the teams and make generous donations towards the charity. The charity does such a fantastic job for young carers giving them a chance to have fun away from their caring roles, and we are thrilled to be able to play a role in raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.”
Basepoint is owned by The ACT Foundation – a grant making charity, who will match fund Basepoint Winchester’s fundraising efforts for the charity, and donate up to £10,000 per year. As a result of their commitment to the charity, Basepoint Winchester will continue to hold fundraising events for Winchester Young Carers throughout the year.
Ben Hogbin, Manager of Winchester Young Carers charity adds: “It is great to have the support of Basepoint and work alongside them to raise money for young carers. We are most grateful to Basepoint Winchester for their support and the money raised, which will enable us to continue to deliver our much needed service to young carers in the Winchester area.”

For further information about the charity or to make a donation, please contact Ben Hogbin at Winchester Young Carers on telephone: 01962 808339 or visit the website