CPSL Mind was really pleased to be given a cheque for £220, raised from a charity football match organised by Peterborough based, Marco Sementa.
A few years ago, after the passing of his mother, Marco decided to organise 5 football matches in her memory and raise £500 for charity. Due to the popularity of the events, Marco kept going and over the last few years, he has organised over 130 local games and raised over £32,000 for charity. Last year Marco was shortlisted as a regional finalist for the Pride of Britain Awards and he also won the Pride of Peterborough, Sporting Achievement Award 2019.
Marco said, “I originally started organising these events to make my mum proud and to make a difference. Now we have over 600 local people involved, with players aged 17 to 72 having a go. It really is great to see local people coming together to enjoy a game of football, have fun and support good causes. We always hold them mid-week so I can spend time with my family at the weekends, but it’s great that my two girls get to see the difference this has made to all the charities we have supported. Without the support of Amy, my wife, these games would not have continued for so long and it means a lot to have her support as well as all my friends, family and people involved.”
Zoe Doherty, fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “It was so impressive to learn how much Marco has raised for charity over the past few years and how many people are now involved. Getting active and connecting are 2 of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, so not only are these events great fundraisers, but they are also great for people’s wellbeing. A huge thank you to Marco and to Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance for match funding the total”.