A charity football match between West Ham Police and east London imams has raised nearly £200 for CLIC Sargent's fight for young lives against cancer.
The players were made up of imams and teachers from around Newham Borough, along with police officers and police staff based in and around Stratford, London.
The idea originated after a new Muslim education centre was opened and Susan Lawler, PCSO was invited along with other local residents and councillors to commemorate the occasion.
Susan discussed with the main teacher of the centre, Tajammul Islam the idea of putting teams together to raise money for CLIC Sargent after she had been supported at a previous event by Stratford Morrison’s and wanted to raise money for their charity partner.
Between Sue and Tajammul, it was decided that a fixed amount would be paid by the players for every goal they conceded and they would also have a bucket collection for passers-by and spectators to add to if they wished.
Cheers went out
Susan said: “When we discovered we had raised £197 cheers went out around the teams as everyone who took part had had such a great day.
“I am now being badgered by those taking part to organise many more events such as this one with any money raised donated to CLIC Sargent again.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Charlie Straker said: “I had such a great day with the West Ham Police and east London imams. Everyone was so friendly and it was a lovely opportunity to spread awareness of CLIC Sargent, whilst also having fun and raising funds.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteer photographer for the day, John Ruffy, for his support and wonderful photographs. Thank you!”