Nine organisations from across south Wales joined together to raise funds for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s bone marrow transplant unit, by competing in a five-a-side football match at the Gôl Centre in Cardiff in November.

The tournament, organised by care provider Hafod, raised over £300 which will contribute to staff training, amenities for patients and research.  The atmosphere was electric both on and off the pitch, where teams played to win the golden trophy.Congratulations to the charity event sponsors, the CPS Group, on being crowned the winning team after a thrilling 7-3 win against Hafod in the final. Jon McCarthy of CPS said: “On behalf of the CPS team, I would like to say how proud we are to have sponsored such a great event that has raised money for a fantastic cause.

“It was amazing to see so many different organisations come together to fundraise for charity. The standard of football was excellent and I would like to thank the other teams for playing and making it such a competitive tournament – It makes winning an even better feeling.”

Dr Keith Wilson, consultant haematologist and director of the South Wales Blood and Marrow Transplant programme said: “We are very grateful for any funds that are raised and which will further research, staff training, as well as for purchasing amenities to make it much better for patients during their hospital stay.”

The blood and marrow transplant programme serves all patients with haematological malignancies in mid and south Wales, covering about three quarters of the Welsh population.

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