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Isle of Wight NHS Spartans are to take on HMP Isle of Wight in a charity football match in aid of Medina House School on Sunday 15th December.

It is only fitting that the first year of charity football matches for the IOW NHS Spartans ends with a game against HMP Isle of Wight; a rematch from the first game this year, when the Prison Service took the victory with a 1-0 win.

Since March this year, the NHS team have played 4 fundraising games raising over £5,000 for local charities, and they hope to increase the total at this event.

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The match is guaranteed to go ahead on 15th December at the all-weather pitch at Cowes Enterprise College. Gates open at 12:30 with kick-off at 13:00, where spectators can enjoy hot beverages and homemade cakes.

It is important to the team to cater for all at their charity matches and this one is no exception – rumour has it that Santa is putting in an appearance at his grotto on the day. Their matches are carefully planned so that they are not just another game of football, it’s an event that caters for the family whilst supporting a deserving cause.

This event will raise funds for Medina House School and will be used to support the provision of music therapy via the Nordoff Robins Charity. Music is a really powerful tool and weekly music therapy sessions have had a magical effect on their most complex pupils. It has opened up their world and further developed communication skills for pupils with profound and multiple disabilities and has empowered pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder to focus and express themselves. It is very expensive and following a pilot project (which was heavily subsidised), the school is now picking up the whole cost, so any funds raised to support this will be invaluable to the pupils.

Paul Hemmett from the Isle of Wight NHS Spartans said:

“We cannot wait for a rematch with the Prison Service on December 15th, after a narrow loss last time we are looking to even the score by winning this one. The team have been training hard in all weathers and hope that we can put on an entertaining game of football.

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“We would like to thank the local Unison health branch for sponsoring this event, which  means any money taken on the day can go to such a worthwhile cause. Thanks also go to Leisure leagues for supplying training equipment, and Cowes Enterprise College for hosting the event on the new all-weather pitch. We are looking forward to seeing you there.”

If you are a local charity and would like some support from our fundraising contact [email protected].

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