MP's football competition raises £1,000 to fight poverty at Christmas

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A football competition organised by Chester MP, Chris Matheson, has raised one thousand pounds towards food poverty projects in Cheshire West and Chester this Christmas.

Chris said:

"This competition brought together housing associations, businesses, council services, leisure and tourism groups, and sports and recreational teams to have fun and raise money towards tackling poverty locally. Like in wider society, it's amazing what we can do when we all work together."

Teams from Brio Leisure, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Storyhouse, Muir Housing, Forum Housing, Chester in the Community and others came together on Saturday.  The final was between Health Box, a community interest company based in Ellesmere Port and Dandy's Top Soil based near Chester. In a hard won match, Health Box came out on top, winning by just one goal to nil.

Chris was joined in his team, the aptly named MP FC, by Justin Madders (MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston), Alison McGovern (MP for Wirral South), Ian Lucas (MP for Wrexham) and Councillor Ben Powell from Blacon amongst others. 

Chris concluded:

"I'd like to thank my colleagues from Westminster and everyone that took part. I'd especially like to pay tribute to Kevin Jones from The Cheshire County Sports Club for his help and support.

"With figures released this week highlighting that one fifth of the UK population are now living in poverty, it is clear that we need to work together and tackle the issues of poverty for our friends, neighbours and communities in Chester and the wider area."

Images:
1) MP FC: Download here.
2) Chris Matheson with finalists: Health Box CIC and Dandy's Top Soil: Download here.

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