Sports fans urged to tackle charity challenge

A charity event for children, young people and adults is pushing the boundaries to get more people involved in fundraising and sport this summer.

England may have recently won the Cricket World Cup, but a bigger accolade is now up for grabs thanks to the Charity Challenge event at Parkgate Astro in Rotherham on Thursday 26 September.

The event aims to bring school friends, work colleagues and families together to participate in kwik cricket and penalty shoot-out tournaments to raise funds for the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and the and the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Emma Schofield, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “Hot on the England cricket team’s World Cup success this summer plus the new football season and the Ashes beginning recently, we think it’s the perfect time to host a Charity Challenge.

“We’re really passionate about supporting people in Rotherham to lead healthy and happy lives, whatever their age or sporting ability, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than with a sporty event which raises funds for charity.”

The two charitable organisations are working alongside the 0-19 Weight, Health, and Attitude Management (WHAM) Service to host the family-friendly event. The service supports children and young people, together with their families, to achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

Jennie Swift, WHAM Service Coordinator, said: “We’re really excited about this summer’s Charity Challenge because we’re passionate about encouraging families to make healthier lifestyle choices. We know sport and exercise is a big part of that but to really inspire people to take part, it needs to be fun.

“The event is perfect for families and neighbours, school friends, work colleagues or members of existing sports clubs.  Everyone is welcome. We hope to see a host of people full of competitive spirit signing up to take part.”

Groups of family members, colleagues or friends are welcome to attend but participants must register as individuals who are then scored on the number of penalties and runs they make.

Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from www.rucst.co.uk or collected from the main reception areas at Rotherham United, the WHAM team at Rotherham Community Health Centre and Riverside Library.

A signed RUFC shirt is up for grabs for the individual who raises the most sponsorship with smaller goodies on offer to all participants who raise more than £10.

To register your place in the Charity Challenge, which is due to run from 6pm to 8pm, email health@rotherhamunited.net or call Jennie Swift on 07824 545583.

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, added: “We’re always very excited to hear about the amazing fundraising ideas people have and an all-inclusive sporting event like this is first for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity. It’s a wonderful way for partner agencies in Rotherham to work together to benefit their community. I’m sure there will be lots of camaraderie and competitive spirit.”

The Charity sponsorship form can be downloaded here.