Advertiser announces new super signing ahead of Cracker Challenge

James Harrison

A Scouse super-signing has been unveiled as the Advertiser seeks to reverse a barren run in its annual Cracker Challenge.

Reporter Stephen Delahunty, who completed his move from Merseyside on Monday, has been drafted in with the hope of giving Team ’Tiser a cutting edge for this year’s event.

The contest will see teams from businesses and organisations such as the Shanly Group, the Royal Borough and SportsAble go head-to-head in events including an inflatable assault course, pillow wars and dart tag.

It is scheduled to be held at the Magnet Leisure Centre on Wednesday, December 14.

The money raised is used to fund the Advertiser’s Cracker Appeal, which pays for Christmas parties and trips for charities working in and around Maidenhead, as well as other groups and organisations working with children and the elderly.

Speaking about his move south, new signing Delahunty said: “When the gaffer rang me up and I heard the word cracker I was sold. I love cheese.

“And then I was told more about the challenge and the appeal and it all sounded great.

“It’s not often you get the chance to back a good cause and beat people. And that’s what we’re going to do. I don’t settle for second place.”

Last year’s competition was won by the Shanly group, which saw off opposition from the Magnet’s team to seal victory by a single point.

Last year’s fundraising total came to £10,408, which helped 37 organisations and 2,220 people.

Fundraising for this year’s appeal started in the summer with the Advertiser Charity Challenge, which raised £1,100.

The cost to enter is £100 per team of up to 10 competitors and £50 per table for the post-contest buffet.

Contact Louisa Mace on 01628 678219 or for details.

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