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Wessex Garages retailers in Euro 2016 charity grudge match

Match up: Wessex Garages' Joel Clark and Craig Barnes

Wessex Garages staff will turn soccer rivals when they form teams from the group’s English and Welsh dealerships to go head-to-head for charity ahead of their nations’ Euro 2016 kick-off.

Grudge matches between Wessex’s three Welsh and Four English operations will do battle on the pitch as they bid to raise funds for seven chosen charities.

The tournament will be held at the Newport International Sports Village on June 14 – two days before England and Wales clash in the European championships.

Keith Brock, managing director at Wessex Garages, said: “Ahead of the European Championship game of Wales versus England on June 16 we thought it would be a great idea to host a charity football match between all of the Wessex Garages’ branches in Wales against all of the branches in England.

“As well as being a great team building exercise the event is to raise money for our charities of the year, which are St David’s Hospice Care in Newport, George Thomas Hospice Care in Cardiff, Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, Dance Voice in Bedminster, The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) in Cheltenham, St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol and The Rainbow Centre for Children also in Bristol.”

Donations to each charity will be collected on the evening and Wessex Garages are taking £2 bets from all staff on the result of the games, which kick-off at 8pm.

All winning bets will then be entered into a raffle, where the first person drawn will win an extra day of holiday and the second person drawn will win half of a day holiday.

The money raised during the event will be split between the chosen charities. 

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