THE FOUNDER of a popular Evesham event which helped raise almost £10,000 for charity has presented the cheques to the two worthwhile causes.
Bal Padda, commercial director at Vicarage Nurseries in Bretforton, played host to his Growers United FC event in June and handed over the funds raised to Cancer Research UK and Birmingham Children’s Hospital last Friday (September 26).
The Growers United tournament saw 32 teams battle it out at Evesham’s Jubilee Stadium in a mini World Cup event aimed at raising money and bringing together the best fruit and vegetables the Vale is famed for producing.
Bal said: “Growers United FC was all about uniting growers so I want to say a big thank you to the Evesham Vale Growers.”
He paid special thanks to Valefreshco, R & L Holt, Kanes Foods, Zenith Nurseries, GS Fresh, Walsh Mushrooms, S and A Produce, Vale Fresh, Ackio, New Leaf Plants, Hargreaves Plants, Oxford Fruits, Oaklands Fruit Farm and others Sealed Air,
West Mercia Police, Nash Dom, Fusion Personnel, Pershore College, Snatch Pac, Boxon UK and Proseal.
A total of £5,447.77 was donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and £4,457.23 given to Cancer Research.
Liz Walker, fund-raising ambassador for the children’s hospital, said: “I am a parent of a child being treated at the hospital as six years ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“But the wonderful treatment he has received at the hospital is second to none and this money raised is vital to continue that so thank you.”