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Funeral partners’ charity football match raises over £25k for GOSH

Goals 4 GOSH was the brainchild of Jamie Groves, regional development director at Funeral Partners

Celebrities including ex-professional footballers and social media personalities battled it out on the pitch raising more than £25k for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity).

Now in its second year, the Goals 4 GOSH football tournament, which took place at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium, saw the Palace Pelicans secure a 4-2 win over the Crystal Koalas – both teams taking their names from wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Lianne Sanderson (ex-England women’s international) captained the winning team with Anton Ferdinand (ex-Premiership footballer) captaining the Koalas.

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The big match was preceded by a TikTok tournament – featuring some of the platform’s biggest names such as Cal the Dragon, Shaun Nyland, Dan Spragg, Connor Kern and Paddy Murphy – as well as a kickabout between local schools and former pros.

Goals 4 GOSH was the brainchild of Jamie Groves, regional development director at Funeral Partners, with the support of Pinks Funeral Directors, Gillman Funeral Service and other Funeral Partners funeral homes in South London.

Groves said: “I am delighted that the second Goals 4 GOSH tournament was another resounding success. As well as having two great teams of players, we doubled the number of people who came along to provide support with over 1,000 people in the crowd this year. The crowd created a great atmosphere, cheering on both teams.

“I have received some great feedback from the players saying how much they enjoyed the game, which was played in a great spirit. Although there were some flying tackles, we managed to get through the 90 minutes with no injuries and a lot of smiles.”

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