08/07/2008

Gordons soccer tournament scores £2,250 for Ear Trust appeal

A team effort from Bradford law firm Gordons has raised £2,250 for the ‘Listening for Life Centre’ charity appeal after staff at the law firm organised and competed in a charity five-a-side football tournament against 16 other teams from across Yorkshire.

Gordons organised the tournament at Goals soccer centre in Leeds as part of a year-long fundraising effort for the firm’s chosen charity, The Ear Trust. The charity is appealing for funds to help build a new £2.5 million centre adjacent to Bradford Royal Infirmary. Once complete, it will allow The Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Unit to continue its pioneering assessment and treatment of profoundly deaf babies, young children and adults in the North of England.

The tournament got underway with the teams battling it out in the group stages, resulting in Gordons going head to head against reigning champions, accountants Baker Tilly in the Runners Up Cup Final. After a gruelling match which involved drama at both ends of the pitch, Baker Tilly snatched the top spot, beating Gordons four goals to nil.

The Main Knockout Cup saw accountants, BDO Stoy Hayward score a hat trick against financial consultants Platinum Money making them this year’s winners, having not conceded a single goal throughout the entire tournament.

The Ear Trust has already raised over £1m towards the appeal and hopes to achieve its overall target so that work on the new centre can be completed by early 2009.

Chris Raine, consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary and chairman of The Ear Trust, commented: “We are exceedingly grateful to all those who took part in the football tournament and thank everyone for the tremendous effort involved in raising this donation.

“The ‘Listening for Life Centre’ will be the first of its kind in the UK as it has been designed to house both clinical and educational facilities in the same building. We would like to thank Gordons for their continued support.”