Karcher to get their boots on for hospice

Karcher UK Charity Cup for Katharine House. Some of the players with organizer, Luke Hassan on the right with the ball. NNL-150721-121101009
Karcher UK Charity Cup for Katharine House. Some of the players with organizer, Luke Hassan on the right with the ball. NNL-150721-121101009

Employees at Karcher UK in Banbury will welcome former Coventry City players to the town as they host a charity football match in aid of Katharine House Hospice.

The match will take place at Banbury United’s Spencer Stadium on Sunday, and is the second charity football match the Beaumont Road business has played after they faced an Oxford United XI in November last year for Children in Need.

But Simon Keeping, Karcher UK managing director, said all the fun had a serious message at heart. He said: “Last year’s inaugural Karcher Cup Challenge raised more than £1,900 for Children in Need.

“If we were able to match that total, we could fund day hospice patients’ transport for a whole month plus a health care assistant for a week in the Inpatient Unit.

“But we’re aiming higher than that. If we could hit the £3,000 region we could fund a specialist palliative care nurse for a month.”

Despite being enthusiastic amateur footballers themselves, even boasting a Coventry Copsewood Ladies player, Karcher’s squad of 16 know they have their work cut out as they face a Sky Blue legends team including former Wales international and FA Cup winner David Phillips.

They will be led out by former defender David Busst, who suffered a horrific ‘career-ending injury’ when playing against Manchester United in 1996. He is now the club’s manager of football in the community.

Mr Keeping said: “Karcher would like to express their gratitude in advance to David and all the former players supporting this event as well our as qualified local referees Keith Godfrey, Jordan Conlon and Joseph Taylor for donating their time to this worthy cause.”

Raffle tickets are already on sale for the draw to be made at the match, and Karcher employees have already been busy to sell as many as they can after stopping off in Castle Quay Shopping Centre last Saturday.

Many businesses have already donated some great prizes to the draw, including family days out to London, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds, football, cricket and rugby match day tickets and a host of food, drink and beauty vouchers.

And as part of the charity match, anyone who brings this article of the Banbury Guardian and purchases a match ticket will be entered into a prize draw to win a Karcher Pressure Washer. Usual Johnston Press rules apply and the responsibility of the promotion lies with Karcher UK.

Katharine House Hospice in Adderbury offers free specialist palliative care, supporting more than 800 patients and their families. The hospice is a memorial to the life of Katharine Gadsby who died of cancer aged 20 and receives about 35 per cent of its costs from the NHS.

Gates open at 1.30pm and kick off will be at 2.45pm. Tickets cost £5 adults, £2 children and £3 concessions. For more information or to buy raffle tickets, call Karcher on 01295 752000 or visit their Beaumont Road site during office hours.