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Southend business community come together to Play on the Pitch


Members of Rickard Luckin joined other Southend business professionals to take on Barclays in this year’s Play on the Pitch event in support of Havens Hospices.

Now in its ninth year, the annual charity football game took place on Thursday 11 May 2023 at Southend United’s Roots Hall Stadium. Rickard Luckin players took up positions on both sides, meaning our team members in the stands were able to cheer at every goal.

Both teams brought their A-game, displaying exceptional skills and determination and the scoreboard kept ticking as the goals flowed in rapid succession. Twelve goals were scored in total and with the final whistle, the score stood at a thrilling 6-6, resulting in a nail-biting penalty shootout.

In the end, Southend Business Professionals emerged as the victors and the crowd celebrated as they secured their hard-fought win.

Jamie Nice, Tax Director at Rickard Luckin, said: "I’ve been involved in Play on the Pitch since it started, both as a player and as a co-organiser, and have watched it become a regular item in the Southend business community calendar. We loved seeing our friends, colleagues, clients and members of the wider community come along and show their support, raising much-needed funds for Havens. It was a fantastic evening and everyone had an opportunity to take part in activities including a kids/adults penalty shootout, charity auction and charity raffle. Ex-Blues players also provided their support on the night."

Rossella Inguscio, Corporate Fundraiser at Havens Hospices, added: "We’re very grateful to Southend’s business community showing their support once again in this annual football game. Play on The Pitch 2023 raised a total of £23,364.88. What an incredible achievement! On behalf of Havens Hospices, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone involved - our hospice care can only exist because of the support of businesses like Rickard Luckin and everyone who takes part in this brilliant event."

Congratulations to both teams for an incredible match.

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