Football match scores cash for charities

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Tesco staff and teachers from Kirk Hallam College battled it out on the football field to raise cash for two charities.

The teams ran out at Derby County’s iPro stadium last month and their efforts made £2,500, which was split 50/50 between Ben’s Den and Diabetes UK.

Matt Kirkland, deputy manager at Tesco Express on Nottingham Road, organised the event.

He said: “It was a brilliant family event that got a great turnout despite the time changing at the last minute.

“Both charities came out with £1,250 each, which we were really pleased about.

“Some of the great fundraising was down to the brilliant support from friends, family, work colleagues and Ben’s Den volunteers who ran cake stalls, guess the weight competitions and raffles with celebrity signed prizes.”

The teachers went away victorious in the match, which ended 4-1.

Ben’s Den was set up in 2004 after local lad Ben Parker, 13, lost his battle with cancer.

The organisation has two caravans for families to allow poorly children to holiday with their families.

Tracey Parker, Ben’s mum, said: “Ben’s brothers Luke and Ross and cousin Robbie paid to play in the match.

“Despite Luke and Robbie being Forest fans they said it was an honour to play. A massive thanks to everyone else who took part for the support.”