MP's football competition raises £1,000

Fundraising footie match to help fight poverty at Christmas

A football competition organised by Chester MP Chris Matheson has raised £1,000 which will go towards food poverty projects in Cheshire West and Chester this Christmas.

Mr Matheson said: “This competition brought together housing associations, businesses, council services, leisure and tourism groups, and sports and recreational teams to have fun and raise money towards tackling poverty locally.”

He added: “It's amazing what we can do when we all work together.”

Teams from Brio Leisure, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Storyhouse, Muir Housing, Forum Housing, Chester in the Community and others came together on Saturday (2nd December).

The final was between Health Box, a community interest company based in Ellesmere Port, and Dandy's Top Soil based near Chester.

In a hard won match, Health Box came out on top, winning by just one goal to nil.

Chris was joined in his team, the aptly named ‘MP FC’, by Justin Madders (MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston), Alison McGovern (MP for Wirral South), Ian Lucas (MP for Wrexham) and Ben Powell (councillor from Blacon) amongst others.

Chris concluded: “I'd like to thank my colleagues from Westminster and everyone that took part.

“I'd especially like to pay tribute to Kevin Jones from The Cheshire County Sports Club for his help and support.”

He said: “It is clear that we need to work together and tackle the issues of poverty for our friends, neighbours and communities in Chester and the wider area.”

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