Countryside scores for charity as West London football tournament raises £30,000 for Bliss


Countryside, one of the UK’s leading home builders specialising in placemaking and regeneration, has raised £30,000 for Bliss, the leading UK charity for babies born premature or sick, by hosting a West London Charity Football Day with its supply chain partners.

Held at Powerleague Wembley, the 24-team football tournament was contested by Countryside and its supply chain partners and culminated in a cheque presentation to Justin Irwin, CEO of Bliss, by Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director, Partnerships South (West), Countryside.

The tournament raised £27,752 on the day, with post-event donations taking the total up to exactly £30,000.

The tournament was structured with four groups of six teams, with the top two teams from each group going through to a knockout stage final; the result of which saw construction firm Gypcraft crowned this year’s champions and lift the Countryside Cup

The remaining 16 teams that could not make the cut to the final stages competed for the Countryside Plate, which was won by fellow construction firm Hanover. 

Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director, Partnerships South (West), Countryside, commented: “Held in the shadow of the famous Wembley arch, the teams rose to the historic location and produced performances on the pitch that matched their heroic fundraising efforts off the field. We were overwhelmed by the way our partners engaged with the tournament and their generosity, which will make a huge difference to Bliss.

“We’re so proud of the team’s success and are already looking at running the tournament again next year; raising even more vital funds for charity.

“At Countryside, creating communities is part of our DNA and this goes well beyond bricks and mortar. Taking the time to give something back to the wider community and our future generations really adds perspective to the work we do on a daily basis.”

Justin Irwin, CEO of Bliss, commented: “With £30,000 donated, Countryside’s charity football tournament has made a significant contribution to our annual fundraising amount and we’d like to thank Countryside and all of its partners for their incredible generosity. The money raised will help give premature or sick babies the best chance of survival and quality of life.” 

Countryside was joined at the tournament by Foxtons, B&W Engineering Services Ltd and BD Flynn Construction Ltd; BK Nolte Contracts Ltd, BPTW, Callan Construction Ltd and Commodore Kitchens; Eastlon Scaffolding, EMS Limited and Framework (Specialist Works) Ltd; Gypcraft Ltd, Hanover Building Services and Lee Marley; LJJ Limited, London Tower Crane Hire & Sales Ltd and Madigan Gill Ltd; O'Halloran & O'Brien Ltd, Oliver Connell & Son Ltd and Orchard Plumbing Ltd; Rock and Alluvium Ltd, A&Q Partnerships, Stanmore and TC Carpentry Contractors Ltd.