Soccer wars for charity

FOOTBALL fans can today rejoice at the news that a one-off match is set to take place out of season at Portman Road.However it won't be Ipswich Town players who will be donning their boots, but wannabe Fabian Wilnis' and Owen Garvans from two firms.

FOOTBALL fans can today rejoice at the news that a one-off match is set to take place out of season at Portman Road.

However it won't be Ipswich Town players who will be donning their boots, but wannabe Fabian Wilnis' and Owen Garvans from two firms.

Teams from Call Connection and Axa Insurance will be playing against each other at Portman Road's training ground on Sunday June 24 at 4pm to raise money for Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund.

The fund was set up by The Evening Star and Ipswich Borough Council after the bodies of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell were found in remote rural locations last December.


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Both companies will be forking out the £500 hire for the ground and ITFC are providing the rest of the facilities for free. Each player will be charged £5 to take part, and with spectators paying an entry fee of £3, it is hoped at least £1000 will be raised.

Call Connection public relations officer Mark Adams, who will double up as the team's captain, said: “We currently have a football team Call Connection FC and wanted to play other teams. We then came up with the idea to play against Axa and thought why don't we do it in the closed season.

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“The Somebody's Daughter campaign has been in the spotlight this year and so we wanted to do something to help.”

It will be the first time the two teams meet on the football pitch but Mr Adams is pretty confident about the result.

He added: “We are confident. Call Connection FC have played two matches recently and won both of them four-nil. However there will be nine players each side due to Football Association regulations and so it will be quite tiring to carry on for the whole 90 minutes. We'll just have to take it minute by minute.”

Team leader at Axa Dan Cullum said: “We haven't got a team at the moment but we will get a good enough one together to beat them.

“The charity was one that has affected staff at both companies and we hope the match will be a way of bringing the community together.”

There are talks about getting a shield to present to the winner and making the match an annual fixture.

Call Connection managing director Graeme Kalbraier added: “We wanted to do something to help the local community and give something back.”

n. Are you doing any charity events in aid of Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

As a legacy to the five women, and in a bid to prevent others from walking in their desperate footsteps, The Somebody's Daughter appeal was given a mandate of helping vulnerable young people in Ipswich.

The ultimate goal is to raise enough money to open a refuge where those embroiled in prostitution and drugs can seek support and guidance.

Already, generous individuals and businesses have donated thousands of pounds, while leading charity, the National Society for Children and Family Contact, has also backed the fund.

Among the trustees of the Somebody's Daughter appeal, a registered charity, are Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks, borough council leader Liz Harsant and Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover.

Donations to the memorial fund can be made online at www.eveningstar.co.uk, in person at Ipswich Borough Council's customer service centre in the Town Hall, by calling 01473 433777, or by sending a cheque, made payable to Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund, to PO Box 772, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

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