Swindon’s bus companies will battle it out on the football pitch on 13 March in the annual charity Colin Daley Memorial Match.
This will be the third year that Thamesdown Transport and Stagecoach West have come head-to-head to raise money for Prospect Hospice in memory of Colin Daley, a former Thamesdown driver who passed away in 2014 from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
The match, to be held on 13 March from 2pm, will take place at Grange Drive Community Centre and is aiming to beat last year’s fundraising total of £242. Jason, Colin’s son, will also be playing in memory of his father.
Thamesdown driver and team captain, Phil Manning, said: “Thamesdown has taken home the Colin Daley Memorial Plaque every year since the game started and we hope to bring it back to the depot again this year.
“Colin was a great football fan and it’s fitting that we keep the memorial match happening every year in his memory. We’ll be collecting for Prospect at the match as they did so much for Colin, as well as lots of others in the town. We had lots of support last year and so we’d like to see more people come along on the 13 March to raise as much money as possible.”
The game always proves to be a nail-biter. Thamesdown has won the match every year so far with a consistent 5-4 result.
In order to boost the amount raised, Thamesdown and Stagecoach will each pay half the pitch fees for the match and will also make a donation.
Stagecoach West Swindon Operations Manager Shelley Usher added: “We welcome another opportunity to raise money for a great local cause and my hand-picked team are training hard – we’ve already cleared a space for the plaque on my desk. Community, Competition and Charity are what Stagecoach Swindon are all about, bring it on Thamesdown.”
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