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Police five-a-side footy tournament raises cash for Ashgate Hospice

Posted on 2nd October 2014

Police five-a-side footy tournament raises cash for Ashgate Hospice

A police charity five-a-side football tournament in Dronfield has raised more than £800 for Ashgate Hospice in memory of a colleague who died from Cancer last year.

Ten teams made up of officers from different policing teams, and some family members, from across Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, Bolsover and Amber Valley took part in the event on Sunday, September 21.

It is the third time the tournament has taken place, but this year it was named the John Chapman Memorial Shield, in memory of the late Sergeant John Chapman who sadly passed away in 2013.

The now annual fixture has raised almost £4000 in total for Ashgate Hospice, a charity that provides specialist palliative care for adults and their families across North Derbyshire.

This year the shield was won by a team of officers who work on response and in custody at Chesterfield police station.Police five-a-side footy tournament raises cash for Ashgate Hospice

PCs Dale Holland and Glenn Holden organised the tournament which took place at the The Akademy Soccer and Leisure Centre in Dronfield.

Each officer taking part paid to play in the matches, and there was also a raffle and charity auction at the event.

PC Holland said: “The tournament went really well and before kick-off we had a minute long applause in memory of John, who sadly passed away just before last year’s event.

“We’re really pleased with how the day went and for how much we’ve been able to raise for such a worthwhile local charity. Our thanks go to everyone who took part or donated and we look forward to holding the tournament again in 2015.”

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