Hospital football team supports Ark Cancer Centre Charity

A keenly-contested friendly football match between two hospital teams produced a winning result for a local cancer charity.

A Basingstoke Hospital FC team took on opponents from Southampton General Hospital FC in the charity match at Hampshire Football Association’s Winklebury headquarters in Basingstoke.

In a close-fought game, the Southampton side edged out their north Hampshire opponents 3-2 – but there was a positive result for Basingstoke-based Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

The match, which was played on Sunday, October 4, was free for spectators to attend, but the Basingstoke players donated their match fees to the charity, which is raising £5million towards a unique local Cancer Treatment Centre, and spectators also made donations – resulting in £350 being raised for the good cause.

Alex Nicholls, who works as a porter at Basingstoke hospital and was one of the organisers of the charity match, said: “It was a good, competitive and enjoyable, match, and while the Basingstoke players were disappointed to lose, we are pleased that Ark Cancer Centre Charity has benefitted from the event.

“We are grateful to the Hampshire FA for providing the match venue and Basingstoke Town FC kindly supported the event by providing us with kit and footballs.”

Merv Rees, Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee, said: “I would like to thank the Basingstoke hospital team and supporters who donated money to the charity, and the positive result for the Cancer Treatment Centre project is much appreciated.”

The Southampton players, and their supporters, donated match fees and money to a good cause associated with their local hospital.