Cracker Appeal: It's not just for Christmas

Cracker Appeal: It's not just for Christmas

Simon Meechan

Cracker Appeal: It's not just for Christmas

After raising £10,000 last year, the Advertiser's Cracker Appeal is returning with a summer sports tournament open to businesses and friendship groups who fancy being crowned Charity Challenge champions.

The Advertiser has teamed up with long-term appeal partners the Magnet Leisure Centre to organise the charity challenge.

It consists of 15 minute rounds of  volleyball, racing, tag rugby five-a-side football and rounders

Teams of six to eight people can enter, with the event taking place on Thursday, July 3, at 6pm in Braywick Park and Sports Centre in Braywick Road, Maidenhead.

Entry costs £100 per team, while hungry athletes can dine out on a barbecue for £5 per head. There will also be a subsidised bar.

All profits go directly to the Cracker Appeal, which pays for festive parties and days outs for deserving charities and community organisations across Maidenhead and the surrounding area.

A Christmas Day lunch feeding 60 guests who would otherwise be alone on December 25 is just one of the projects which the appeal funds.

Other groups to benefit include social housing, while Thames Valley Adventure Playground uses the money to put on parties for disabled youngsters.

Perry House in Burnham used its share this year for pantomime trips and fun activities for its elderly residents.

Personal trainer Anjuli Dare issued a rallying call to get teams involved.

She said: "The Charity Challenge is a fun way for companies to spend an evening socialising and playing sports while raising money for a local charity.

She added: "In the middle of the football World Cup it's an ideal time for teams to display their skills and compete to be crowned the Charity Challenge Champions of Maidenhead."

Entry for the Charity Challenge is open to all. To find out more email Louisa Mace on or call her on 01628 678219.

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