A football tournament has raised over £1,500 for charity, honouring Life Leisure’s Operations Manager Martin Harriman who passed away last year.
The six-a-side competition attracted 24 teams of local businesses, groups of friends and the group’s gym members, who competed at Stockport Sports Village. Money raised by Life Leisure was split equally and donated to the Stroke Association and Stepping Hill Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
After a nail-biting final, The Old Goats, made up of current and former employees of Life Leisure Grand Central, were the team to win the inaugural Martin Harriman Trophy.
Malcom McPhail Malcolm McPhail, Group CEO of Life Leisure, said the event was a fitting tribute to the much-loved former Operations Manager, who was a huge local personality and an integral part of the community. He said:
The tournament was absolutely brilliant. It was such a fitting tribute to Martin who was always great fun and would have loved cheering everyone on from the side lines.
“It started off as a bit of fun, but everyone got quite competitive, so it was as entertaining to watch as it was to take part!
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be donating £1,500 to two charities which are so important to us and Martin’s family.”
Life Leisure raised the money through the team’s entry fees, and a tombola and raffle. The Stockport fitness group also plan to raise additional money through an online auction, with prizes donated by local businesses and organisations including: Manchester United Football Club, Stockport County Football Club, Burbank Fresh Produce, Nandos, Adidas, Pride Planning, New Balance and boutique gym H1VE.
Special thanks also to Mike Clark who donated memorabilia to the auction.