Pinxton football team aims to raise profile of SSAFA Forces Help charity

Friends and family of Pinxton soldier Jack Hawksley have come together to form the Jack Hawksley Pinxton Fund, supported by SSAFA, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and are preparing to hold  a charity football match on Sunday 26th August at Pinxton Miner's Welfare to raise funds for a double extension to his home. Jack Hawksley, centre, is pictured with members of the fund, pictured from the left are; Toby Seymour from SSAFA, Coun. Tom Alexander, Alan Cleaver, Carole Hawksley, Jack Hawksley, Shane Webster, Pinxton Manager Tim Graney and Coun. Phil Hanley.

Friends and family of Pinxton soldier Jack Hawksley have come together to form the Jack Hawksley Pinxton Fund, supported by SSAFA, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and are preparing to hold a charity football match on Sunday 26th August at Pinxton Miner's Welfare to raise funds for a double extension to his home. Jack Hawksley, centre, is pictured with members of the fund, pictured from the left are; Toby Seymour from SSAFA, Coun. Tom Alexander, Alan Cleaver, Carole Hawksley, Jack Hawksley, Shane Webster, Pinxton Manager Tim Graney and Coun. Phil Hanley.

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A PINXTON football team is looking to hit the back of the net by raising thousands of pounds to help injured soldiers.

SSAFA Forces FC, Derbyshire, will take part in charity matches across the region to help raise funds for and increase the profile of the SSAFA Forces Help charity.

The SSAFA Forces group is a national organisation aimed at helping those who serve in the Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and their families.

They provide a lifetime of support to anyone who has ever served, from financial help to practical living assistance.

Alan Cleaver, commercial manager of the club, said “We have had a fantastic response from local teams and have already got matches lined up against Notts County and Mansfield Town.

“We have got a good squad of players together from the surrounding area and now just need sponsors and equipment.

“Our aim is to play at some big grounds and to help raise money and to raise the profile of SSAFA. We want to make the public aware of the current situation for soldiers and the work of the charity.”

SSAFA Forces FC will play their next game against South Normanton Athletic at South Normanton with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The team was formed by members of the community after they raised funds for injured soldier Jack Hawskley.

Each year SSAFA, their trained staff and network of 7,500 volunteers provide help to more than 50,000 people, from D-Day veterans to young soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

For further information on the charity, visit http://www.ssafa.org.uk/