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Charity football match in aid of a good cause

A charity football match in aid of The Haven was recently organised by local community member Shaun Wilkes, 23, from Castlemilk and held last month at Toryglen Regional Football Centre.

The Haven provides practical, emotional and bereavement support to individuals, families and carers across Lanarkshire and surrounding areas. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of local community members through various fundraising activities, the charity can continue to provide much-needed services.

Shaun spent several weeks organising the charity match, contacting his friends and other people who he thought could help, to come together and support a worthwhile cause.

A total of 22 players braved the treacherous rainy weather and played against each other in two teams for the friendly charity football match, raising a total of £120.00 to help support those who access vital support from The Haven.

He decided to raise funds for the charity once he found out more about the services they provide and the people they help.

Shaun said: “My friend at work told me about The Haven as they have organised several fundraising events for them in the past, so I wanted to find out more for myself.

It was such an eye-opener once I learned about all the services The Haven provides and the people they help support. I knew straight away I wanted to support their cause and raise funds for them.

The work they do is unmatched as they provide support to people with a whole range of different health conditions, not just a specific illness, which is sometimes really hard to find”.

The event was a tremendous success as both teams competed against each other in the match to help raise funds and support a local cause that’s important to them.

He added: “Even though the weather wasn’t on our side, it was great to see everyone turn up on the day and help support a worthwhile cause. There were 11 players on each team and we also had 3 substitutes, who all put in a fantastic effort and contributed to help raise funds”.

Having a life-limiting illness can have an impact not only on the individual but on family members too.

Paul Hayward, Campaigns and Communications Officer for The Haven, said:

Fundraising is essential for us to continue providing vital services to our local community. We are so grateful for people like Shaun and the other players who come together and decide to raise funds for a worthwhile cause like ours.”

The funds raised will help The Haven continue to provide free, pre-arranged, digital and in-person supportive services to those who need them most.

Paul added:

“Shaun and the rest of the player’s efforts have brought the local community together in support of a shared goal – pun intended! – and we are so grateful for the support and commitment in helping us make a positive impact on those who need our help most”.

The Haven would like to thank Shaun and all the players and supporters who participated and made the event a huge success. Thanks also go to the staff at Toryglen Regional Football Centre for their hospitality.

To find out more about how you can help support The Haven by raising vital funds, please visit: To discuss arranging support for you or your family, please call 01555 811846, email:, or visit:

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