Glasgow engineer raises over £1,000 from charity football match
2 November 2018
Katie's Stars (in blue) line up with FCwebeatanycarrs.com in Toryglen Regional Football Centre.
Glasgow-based engineer Chris Carr raised over £1,000 for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) by organising a charity football match in memory of his niece and father.
Every year Chris, who works at our Glasgow depot, organises a football match for charity in memory of his niece Katie Papworth, who sadly passed away in 2014 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
This year’s 11-a-side match, held at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre, was doubly important to Chris as it’s also the ten-year anniversary of the passing of Chris’ father John Carr, who died suddenly after suffering from a heart attack.
John and Katie
Chris raised over £1,000 of donations from friends and family. This included £500 from our Into Action scheme which supports our colleagues raising money for charities.
Chris told us: “Every year we choose a different charity to donate to. This year we decided to donate all the money raised to CHSS due it being the tenth anniversary of my father’s death.
“All families can be affected by tragedy and need support at this tough time. My sister Patricia, Katie’s mum, benefitted greatly from the counselling and support she received from charities, like so many people do.”
Patricia said: “Chris’ event doesn’t just raise awareness of charities like CHSS, but also gives everyone a chance to remember our Katie.”
“When Katie was diagnosed, local charities helped me with nursing care. It made this terrible experience a shared one and takes some of the burden away. Even now, years later, I still get support from bereavement groups, bringing together people who share similar experiences.”
Chris’ team, Katie’s Stars, featured family members and colleagues from our Glasgow depot. They took on their friends and fierce rivals, FCwebeatanycarrs.com. Unfortunately for Chris, Katie’s Stars were beaten 7-2. Chris said: “They said they were struggling for players but miraculously turned up with some youthful, fresh faces. But, yes, they played very well and we’ve got a challenge to improve for the next game.
“Seriously though, I just want to thank everyone involved including the players, the referee and all the generous people who donated their money.”
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