Southend’s HARP receive £27,000 from charity football tournament

A COMMUNITY football tournament has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for a leading charity for the homeless in Southend

At the World Cup-on-Sea, 32 companies fielded teams and competed in a 7-on-7 soccer tournament at Roots Hall to raise money for HARP.

Organizers say the event has already raised a staggering £27,000 and expect the sum to continue to rise.

Funds were raised by teams paying an entry fee to enter the tournament, while spectators watching from the stands also paid an entry fee.

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HARP Chief Executive Jackie Bliss said this money will help Southend continue to fight homelessness.

She said: “The World Cup-on-Sea was a huge success with a fantastic atmosphere, excellent family activities and some really impressive football performances.

“To top it off, everyone who attended or took part helped raise a significant sum which will help us in our work to help local people overcome or avoid homelessness.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the organizers AJ Chambers, event sponsors Couno, pitch sponsors Academy Insurance and Estuary Housing, Southend United for the facilities of the day, the fundraising team at HARP and the amazing volunteers and last but not least all the companies and Actors who took part and made the day so special.”

This was the second time this event was held, the first being in 2019 before the pandemic.

This year’s winners were Colchester-based accounting firm Scrutton Bland, who defeated Academy Insurance 1-0 in the final.

The participating companies were: Academy Insurance, AJ Chambers, Andrew Skinner Wealth Management, BTMK, Calford Seaden, Castlenau, Central FX, Couno, Dedman Gray, Ecovis, Essex Police, GK Pro, HARP, Haslers, Ipeco, Lambert Chapman, London Process Centre, MWS, Power Testing, Readie Construction, Refactor IT, Rickard Luckin, Scrutton Bland, Seetec, Segrave & Partners, SUFC Staff, THS Concepts and White Stores.

Andy Hilliard, Managing Director of agency AJ Chamber, which organized the event, said: “The World Cup-on-Sea was a brilliant, family-focused day of football at the prestigious Roots Hall.

“I would like to thank the 32 companies that are participating in this charity football tournament, as well as those who attended and helped us raise a significant amount for HARP as these vital funds are a crucial support to help people in the to help overcome homelessness.”

HARP says they are already planning the 2023 event and have vowed to make it “bigger and better.”

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