MORE than £2,000 was raised for children’s charities at an annual football tournament which made a return after five years.

Didcot based fundraising organisation Play2Give was founded in 2007 after hosting the first ever football tournament and now hopes to raise £15,000 this year to commemorate the anniversary.

Founder Andrew Baker, who has lived with a brain injury since birth, set up his organisation to continue the fundraising efforts for Oxford Children’s Hospital he started as a student at St Birinus School.

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This year’s tournament took place at the new location of Wallingford Sports Park at the start of the month.

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Mr Baker said: “Despite the heat and everyone struggling least of all the players they really were heroes and have helped raise amazing sums for the three charities closest to my heart.

"I felt a tad of emotion to know that I did it, after a lot of hard work stress and planning that went in and to see so much positivity beaming through made it extra special.

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"Our hugest admiration to everyone who competed, turned out and donated, to support, and of course to the venue for hosting.”

The winners were ADT Decorating with the Didcot 421 EOD Albion team coming second.

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A total of £2,065 was raised with £680.50 being donated each to the Oxford Children's Hospital, Headway and SSNAP, making this year’s total about £11,000 of the £15,000 goal.

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Next year's tournament is booked in for Sunday, July 9 and any teams keen to enter can reserve their interest by emailing


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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