Pall-Ex and Fortec hosts charity football match to raise funds for Combat Stress and SSAFA

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Pall-Ex Group hosted the annual Pall-Ex vs Fortec charity football match on the 25 May, helping to raise £2032 for Armed Forces charities, SSAFA and Combat Stress.

At Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, teams made up of employees and members from across the Pall-Ex and Fortec networks faced each other in the hopes of securing victory in the third instalment of the charity shield.

The match kicked off at 2pm, with Pall-Ex looking to retain their winning streak after a tense 4-3 win over Fortec in 2023. In front of a crowd of 200 supporters, an action-filled match resulted in Fortec coming out victorious with a 5-1 win.

With Fortec captain Stuart White scoring an early goal just two minutes into the match, the domination from Fortec continued with the first half finishing 4-0. Shortly after coming back out for the second half, Fortec scored once again to make it 5-0, before Pall-Ex managed a consolation goal in the form of a penalty in the 85th minute, making it a 5-1 victory to Fortec. 

Following the match, further funds were raised through a penalty shootout enjoyed by both children and adults alike, with each person paying £1 per go to support the charity initiative. 

The football match raised a total of £1016 on the day through ticket sales and donations, with the Pall-Ex Group Charitable Foundation matching the figure to bring the total to £2032. The money raised will go towards offering life-changing support services to veterans struggling with complex mental health issues. 

With a long-standing commitment to supporting the Armed Forces, Pall-Ex Group is a proud partner of both Combat Stress: The UK’s Leading Charity for Veterans’ Mental Health and SSAFA the Armed Forces charity. 

In 2022, Pall-Ex Group achieved the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence, in recognition of the commitment shown to the Armed Forces community. Alongside providing support to military personnel who are looking for work after leaving the forces, its pledges include enhanced leave for Reservists and Cadets within the business and ongoing fundraising for veterans’ mental health charities.

At the Pall-Ex Group ‘World of Excellence’ annual awards evening in February of this year, SSAFA received a donation of £10,000 and recently employees from across Pall-Ex Group took part in Combat Stress’ March in March campaign, raising over £4200 throughout the month. 

Kevin Buchanan, Group CEO at Pall-Ex Group, comments: “We are immensely proud to be able to host such fantastic events and in turn support the hard work that both Combat Stress and SSAFA do to aid veterans. 

Our pledge to the Armed Forces community is something that we are honoured to uphold at Pall-Ex Group and we are committed to supporting the invaluable work that both of our charity partners carry out with further events throughout the year.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the team at Leicester City Football Club for their support with hosting our event over the last three years.”

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