Unique football tournament in Cirencester raises £2,000 for MS Society

Unique football tournament in Cirencester raises £2,000 for MS Society

From left: MS Society Cirencester and South Cotswold branch representative Mike Bullock with tournament organisers Graham Carter, Tom Wenban and Martin Wenban

From left: MS Society Cirencester and South Cotswold branch representative Mike Bullock with tournament organisers Graham Carter, Tom Wenban and Martin Wenban

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A WALKING football tournament in Cirencester raised more than £2,000 for a local charity helping people with Multiple Sclerosis.

A team of three men organised the unique football tournament at Cirencester Town Football Club to raise funds for the local MS Society branch.

They thought they would raise, at most, around £500 and were astounded when they realised they had collected more than £2,000.

Graham Carter, 56, Martin Wenban, 58, and his son Tom, 26 organised the tournament themselves to cater for nearly 100 people on the day.

They presented a cheque of £2,105.60 to MS Society representative Mike Bullock, who said the Cirencester and South Cotswold branch rarely received such large sums of money.

"I've been at the charity for a year and that is the largest single figure in this area that I've seen," he said. "This is a superb amount of money."

Graham suffers from MS and his condition leaves him struggling to walk. He said the tournament was a real success and is hoping to organise something similar for next year.

"People seemed to really enjoy the day," he said. "It was something a bit different as no-one had ever heard of a walking football tournament."

Friends and family helped throughout the day by making cakes, organising a raffle and setting up games for both children and adults.

The tournament saw teams of five players battle against each other for the trophy. The only catch was that no player was allowed to run during the games.

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