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Local businesses unite over the beautiful game to raise money for Gleeds Global Challenge

Posted: September 18, 2015 Time: 12:33 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Gleeds LOGOIn a bid to help raise £130,000 for charity in one week, staff in Gleeds’ Southampton office have challenged local property and construction companies to a game of 5-aside football to raise money for children’s charity, the Rainbow Trust.

Over 50 businessmen and women will meet at Southampton Test Park on Friday 25th September to battle it out for the coveted ‘Gleeds Cup’. Having put their dribbling skills to the test, fundraisers will have a chance to catch their breath during a celebratory BBQ at the end of the day.

The tournament is one in a series of events taking place between Monday 21st September and Friday 25th September, as Gleeds attempts to raise £130,000 for charity in one week across its 56 international offices. The initiative, known as the Gleeds Global Challenge, commemorates the organisation’s 130th year in business.

Speaking about the event, Gleeds’ director for Southampton Tony Deacon, said: “We’re really looking forward to coming together with friends and colleagues from across the industry, for what is sure to become a highly competitive day out! But most importantly, all the businesses involved will be contributing to an incredibly worthy cause.”

The Rainbow Centre supports children with Cerebral Palsy and adults suffering from the effect of a stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and adult Cerebral Palsy. Using a system of learning called ‘Conductive Education’, the charity encourages and teaches patients to take an active role in their own development.

Emma Bazeley, Corporate Fundraiser from the Rainbow Centre added: “We are delighted that Gleeds have chosen to support The Rainbow Centre. Several of our children and adults come from Southampton, so the team will be helping transform the lives of those affected by neurological conditions in the local area.”