Tesco and Morrisons will take part in a charity football match

TWO large Evesham Supermarkets are about to take part in a charity football match for a popular Worcestershire charity.

The Retail Challenge Cup between Tesco and Morrisons is holding its 24-year anniversary match between Tesco and Morrisons later this month.

All proceeds from the charity match will go to St Richard’s Hospice in Worcestershire.

Organizer Mark Payne founded the event in 1998 in memory of his mother, Gill, who was cared for by St Richard’s.

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Mr Payne said: ‘Mum died in December 1997 aged 54 but we are very grateful to the nurses at St Richard, they were so caring and helpful.

“It was a tough time and they were so caring and understanding – they were always there. We’re really grateful.

“It will be a fun family event to raise money for a great cause which is Hospice St Richard.”

Since its inception, the Retail Challenge Cup has raised around £20,000 for St Richard’s to support patients with serious progressive illnesses and their families.

This year’s event will see Worcester cricketing legend Darryl Mitchell present the winning side with the Retail Challenge Cup. Tesco triumphed in the final game, winning 10-2.

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Ria Simons, fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “This is a much-loved annual event in Evesham and has raised considerable money for St Richard’s over the years.

“It’s going to be a great night, so come support a team and the hospice too.”

The Man of the Match award in memory of Tesco worker Shirley Barber will be presented this year by her daughter, Emma.

Gate entry costs £2 for adults and £1 for children under 16, with all proceeds going to the hospice.

Each year, the hospice team cares for over 3,100 patients, family members and bereaved in Worcestershire.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and bequests for the majority of its income, with the remainder being funded by the NHS.

The game will take place at Evesham United Football Club Jubilee Stadium on Sunday July 24, kicking off at 5pm.

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