Suffolk police and fire officers battle it out on the football pitch for children’s charity

A charity football match between Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Suffolk police took place at Great Cornard FC on Friday.

A charity football match between Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Suffolk police took place at Great Cornard FC on Friday.

Around 40 officers took a break from fighting fires and tackling crime this week to raise money for children’s charity, Save the Children.

The charity Save the Children is an international charity that promotes children’s rights and helps support those in developing countries.

The team of footballers from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) took on players from Suffolk Constabulary in the fundraising match, but were however dominated in a 6-0 defeat.

The match kicked off on Friday 29th July at 7:30pm at Cornard United’s ground in Black House Lane and was organised by SFRS area commander Dave Collins and Pc Rob Preston, who is based at Suffolk police HQ in Martlesham.

Mr Collins said: “The two services come into contact so frequently in our work and we now share a number of stations with the police so we thought it would be nice to organise a social event.

“Group commander Ali Moseley, who works in the west of the county, has taken on a number of challenges over the past year including the London Marathon in aid of Save the Children and so far he has raised £2,400, with the help of a large contribution from Elmswell Fire Station.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause we decided to put on a social event with the aim of getting his total up to £3,000 if we can.”

Entry to the ground was free, and there were refreshments available. There were collection buckets for donations to Save the Children, and a 50/50 raffle where the winner got half of the money from ticket sales.

Cornard United, where Mr Collins helps out in his spare time as a volunteer, donated free use of the pitch.

“The club nearly closed about three years ago due to the previous management and the council locked up the ground for a while but the guy who has taken it over, Harvey Doherty, has really got it back on its feet,” Mr Collins continued.

“He is letting us have the ground for free which is a really nice gesture – hopefully we will get plenty of supporters down there and it will be a great community event.”

“A total of £373 was raised for Save the Children. A great evening was had by all and because the idea was a success we are making this an annual event. Next year the police can pick the charity and location. A big thanks to all the volunteers at Cornard United for helping to organise the event.”