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Midshire F72 Gala Dinner

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On Friday 14th June, 250 guests attended a Gala Dinner at the National Football Museum, Manchester, to celebrate the achievement of Midshire F72, the world record breaking football match in support of Francis House children’s hospice.

The football match which took place during the May bank holiday weekend saw 36 amateur players from Stockport and Manchester play a 72 hour continuous football match, smashing the previously set 64 hour record. The marathon match finished with a score of 603 to ‘the reds’ and 462 to ‘the whites’.

Sponsored by Midshire and Ricoh, the Gala Dinner rose in excess of £10,000. This was aided by an auction and raffle, which saw numerous football related items including signed shirts from the likes of Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero bid for. There were also luxury holiday packages and city breaks up for bids, for those less passionate about football.

Guest speakers Neil ‘Razor Ruddock and Andy Powell provided the entertainment for the event. Andy Powell, the evenings compere, got the night off to a great start with a sing-along to ‘That’s Amoré’, which involved lots of passionate napkin waving. Football legend Ruddock gave an energetic, entertaining speech and posed for pictures throughout the evening.


Additional speeches came from Nick Rose the event organiser, Julian Stafford- Managing Director of Midshire and Kate Puc- Francis House fundraiser.

Among the 250 attendees were representatives from many businesses including: Ricoh UK, Lexmark UK, Riso UK, The Business Depot, The Whites Group- White Recycling, SAS Daniels, Ines Escola from Siemens Financial and Lindsay Brindley the headteacher of Stretford High School.

All money raised will be donated to the Francis House children’s hospice. The Didsbury based hospice works to help children and young adults with life threatening illnesses, and strives to provide the necessary support and short-term rest for their families.




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Donations can still be made at:

Midshire Business Systems:

Francis House: