Nantwich Town Football Club recently held a Festival of Football to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross.

The event was supported by generous sponsorship from Nantwich Civic Hall and attended by Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Arthur Moran. The day was a great success with £500 being raised to support the valuable work of the Red Cross.

A particular focus of the celebrations is to recognise the contribution of volunteers.  It seemed fitting to combine community football, volunteering and participation in sport into a commemorative event. Whilst many people are familiar with the amazing work internationally of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, fewer people are familiar with the good work they do in the UK. Whether it is supporting victims of terrorism, fire, flooding, supporting refugees or helping the transition from hospital to home. Recent examples include supporting victims of the Manchester terrorist attack and flooding in the North-West and working with Leighton Hospital on hospital to home initiatives.

Speaking on behalf of Nantwich Town, club chairman Tony Davison said “It was a tremendous event, well supported by teams from across Cheshire and Merseyside.  We had teams playing at Under-8 and Under-9 and everyone enjoyed the day. I would like to thank Nantwich Civic Hall for their support, without which the event would not have been possible.”

Dame Patricia Bacon, the Cheshire President of The Cheshire Red Cross was present throughout the day and paid tribute to Lyndon Wain, and his volunteers for organising the day.