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Firemen versus cops in charity football tie
6:00am Monday 4th November 2013 in Local News
POLICE will square up to the fire service on the football pitch to help raise awareness of domestic violence.
The match, at Canvey Football Club’s ground in Park Lane, at 1pm on Wednesday, will also raise cash for charities which help victims including Southend Women’s Aid.
PC Lee Warrington, captain of the Essex Police team said: “The real result of the day will be that we raise awareness of domestic abuse, and that there is help available for victims, to have them understand that they are not alone.”
The event is in its sixth year and was launched by local domestic abuse specialist officers, PCs Caroline Cudby and Nicola Pain, who asked Rochford officers to play soccer for charity.
It has now grown into an annual fixture for the “Silent Victim” trophy, which is supported by Castle Point and Rochford Domestic Abuse Panel, part of the Community Safety Partnership.
The matches were originally played by teams from Rochford and Castle Point police district, but this is the first year the challenge has been extended to fire crews.
One of the match organisers, Sgt Steve Joynes, said: “Caroline Cudby and Nicola Pain are both highly experienced officers who deal with domestic abuse.
“We are always delighted to help them to raise money for the charities they work closely with.
“Players and supporters donate money through match fees and raffles and we regularly raise more than £200.
“We are grateful to Canvey FC for letting us have their ground free of charge.
“There is no admission charge but we hope plenty of people will come to watch the match and help us to raise as much money as possible towards an important cause.”
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