Hampshire Police Federation Delighted To Support Charity Football Match

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation were delighted to support the Hampshire Constabulary Vs Southampton legends football match in aid of COPS and Abbys Heroes.

Last Friday (19th May) Hampshire Constabulary’s Men’s football team hosted Ex Southampton FC players at Hamble FC ground, to raise money for two great charities, Abbys Heroes and Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

The game – played in front of a 600 plus buzzing crowd – raised £12,000 (and still counting!) for the chosen charities, and although the result had no bearing the Constabulary came out with a 7-2 victory!

The Federation were happy to be on hand at the event selling teas and coffees from the welfare van.

Garry Smith, Secretary of Hampshire Police Federation, said “The constabulary have a successful football team and when Hampshire Police Federation were approached to support this match to raise funds for such worthy causes it was a pleasure to do so.

“The Care of Police Survivors (COPS) is a charity close to our hearts being our chosen charity in 2021 and supporting a number of our survivors in Hampshire.

“Such events as this take a lot of organising by our members, often in their own time and so it’s the least we can do to support such great causes and meet many of our members at the same time.”

Organisers of the event, officers Dave Fuge and Anthony Waghorn, said “This event has been incredibly well supported by many individuals and businesses which we are truly grateful for. To Sally Randall and her Abbys Heroes team who ran all of the Raffle and Auction. Thank you to David Bodymore for his excellent professional photographs and Rick Kozlowski who kept everyone entertained before, during and after the game with his excellent singing.

“By no means last a massive thank you to our new Chief Scott Chilton and our friends and family in the Constabulary who supported us in this event. Again, we are very very grateful.

“Please look out for further events next season when we hope to do a similar event against an ex Portsmouth team to keep the blue half of the Constabulary happy and raise more money for some deserving charities which this event was set up for.”


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