TWO major firms in Stratford – CBTC Rawstorne solicitors and CP Bigwood – have joined forces to support Forces Support with a major sponsorship partnership for Sunday’s charity football festival at Stratford Town FC.
The two companies have both earned reputations as community champions in Stratford. The football festival will be attended by the new Mayor of Stratford Cllr Ian Fradgley, the Military Wives Choir and representatives of the armed forces, whilst the football match will feature a former Aston Villa team labelled Lions and Legends and a former Coventry City XI.
The teams will be led out by regimental members of the King’s Lifeguard of Foote, who re-enact battles and provide military displays and educational opportunities from the English Civil War.
Portsmouth fan Sarah Elliott, representing CP Bigwood across south Warwickshire, will kick-off the event with West Midlands football legend Cyrille Regis.
She said: “It is going to be a fabulous occasion and we are thrilled to be playing a part. It will give plenty of enjoyment and generate funds for a great cause.”
Bernard Shepherd, Senior Property Lawyer, CBTC Rawstorne, said: “We are aware of what an excellent service Forces Support offers the bereaved families of our armed forces. We therefore had no hesitation in coming forward to help support this event. It promises to be great day, a great game, great fun for all concerned and we are delighted to be involved.”
Bill McCance, Founder, CEO and Trustee Forces Support, said: “The news of this sponsorship by CBTC Rawstorne and CP Bigwood is brilliant.
“I am delighted that two of the most highly distinguished businesses in Stratford have come to our aid and I cannot thank them enough. We do so much work for the bereaved families of our armed forces and there are another 51 families at present seeking help. This support will go a long way to helping us help them.”
Both sides have named extensive squads for the match and Coventry’s includes stars such as Dave Busst, Micky Gynn and Dele Adebola.
The Lions and Legends include famous names such as Gary Shaw, Ken McNaught, Tony Morley and Peter Wythe, who will either be attending or taking part. There are also opportunities for local businesses to offer players or supporters the chance to play for 20 minutes in the second half.
Over 2,500 people are expected to attend the event. Gates open at noon, with the main match kicking-off at 3pm. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance from Stratford Town FC or bought on the day for £5 adults and £2 youngsters (up to 16).