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Dransfield Properties score for local charity!

Dransfield Properties score for local charity!

Dransfield Properties score for local charity!

14 May 2007

Dransfield Properties joined Sheffield celebrities and ex-pro footballers to take on stars from Coronation Street, Casualty and the Royale Family in a charity football match for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, playing their way to a humiliating defeat with a 7-3 loss!

Football obsessed Managing Director Mark Dransfield, found himself lost for words playing alongside former England legends and ex premiership pros including Chris Waddle, David Hirst, Clint Marcelle and Peter Beagrie.

Despite the pinnacle of Mark’s footballing career being a short stint with Unibond League North Ferriby United, he dusted off his football boots with all good intentions,  but was to provide little threat to his opponents which included comedy actor Ralf Little, Alan Halsall (Tyrone in Coronation Street) and Luke Bailey (Casualty)!

This weekend's event at Barnsley Football Club’s Oakwell Ground attracted over four thousand spectators, raising over £15,000.

Money raised by the match will fund four interactive patient entertainment systems for the children’s bedsides.  With some youngsters missing out on their education due to their stays in hospital, the systems allow hospital teachers to work with the children and keep them up to speed with their studies.

The children will also be able to access TV, radio and internet to allow them to communicate with families and aid social development.  Sheffield will be the first hospital in the country to offer this service free of charge.

Dransfield Properties adopted the Children’s hospital as their nominated charity less than two years ago and has already raised thousands of pounds by taking part in sponsored runs and helping to organise a charity ball.

The waiting room at the hospital’s haematology and oncology unit is about to undergo a £60,000 refurbishment using funds raised by Dransfield Properties and their supporters.

Simon Athey, charity fundraiser, said: “No matter how many goals were scored, we can say that today has been a fantastic result for the hospital and I’d like to thank everybody who has given us their support.  These extra funds really help to make a difference to some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients and the tremendous support we receive from the public  helps to make their time in hospital less frightening.”

 Back row l-r: John Hendrie, Andy Permberton (Journey South), Junior Witter, Andy Akinwolere (Blue Peter), Theo Bear, Pele Woodhall (Dearne FM), Gething Jones (Blue Peter), Steve Squib (Exposed Magazine), David Hirst, Nick Knowles (DIY SOS), Carlton Palmer

Front row l-r: stephen Nicholas (Dream Team), Chris Waddle, Billy Lee Dixon (match mascot), David Vernon-Edwards (Charity Director), Peter Beagrie, Mark Dransfield, David Hirst's son, Luke Bailey (Casualty)

For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644
Email: pr@dransfield.co.uk