SPS staff raise over £500 at charity football match in aid of Ukraine

Colleagues from across Somerset Passenger Solutions came together on 25th May 2022 at the inaugural SPS Charity Football match to raise money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Two teams of colleagues went head-to-head in the England versus Rest of the World match, which was held at Sedgemoor Campus in Bridgwater. Colleagues from departments across the organisation attended to cheer on their fellow staff members. They enjoyed a fantastic spread of delicious cakes baked by SPS Driver Kate Turner and drinks kindly donated by HOST, which raised additional donations for this worthy charity.

After a tough match with impressive displays from some talented team members, the final score was 4-3 to England.

Thanks to the generosity and support of SPS staff, a huge £500 was raised. This will all go to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to provide essential supplies and aid to families fleeing the conflict.

Event organiser, and SPS Pastoral Lead, Mark Lee said:

Everyone involved in the event had a great time and we are all looking forward to the rematch later this year, where we can raise additional funds for the charity. I hope what we have raised so far will make a difference to the lives of those affected by the Ukraine conflict”.

Simon Cursio, Managing Director, said:

“The DEC Humanitarian Appeal is a fantastic cause and it was great to see so many colleagues come along and support the event. The amount SPS colleagues have raised will go a long way to meet the needs of refugees and displaced people from Ukraine and neighbouring countries”.


Check out the full match report and photos below:

  • The Rest of the World scored early from the penalty spot to take a 1-0 Lead Scorer Billy Davies 8 Minutes.
  • The England Team responded in immediate fashion and dominated the first half.
  • England equalised to make it 1-1 Scorer Tobias Cooper 15 Minutes.
  • England Star Player Chris Cavill then made it 2-1 on 22 Minutes before scoring again to make it 3-1 on 30 Minutes.
  • England missed several chances and would have been further in front had it not been for a stellar performance from rest of the world goalkeeper Martin Webb.
  • The Rest of the World improved significantly in the second half, and it was game on.
  • Jamie Biddiscombe rest of the world made it 3-2 on 45 Minutes.
  • England made it 4-2 on 50 Minutes Ashley Glover and then had the opportunity to go further ahead on 55 Minutes via the penalty spot which was missed by Chris Cavill.
  • Manuel Lopes scored for the rest of the world on 60 Minutes to make it 4-3.
  • The rest of the world finished strongly and had chances to equalise in the last 10 Minutes.
  • England held on for the victory winning 4-3.
  • Man of the Match Chris Cavill.


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