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Firms fundraise on the football field

(left to right) Jonathan Henry, captain of the OGN team, Phil Peacock, pipefitter at OGN, and Ross Mitchell, captain of the Barrier team.

(left to right) Jonathan Henry, captain of the OGN team, Phil Peacock, pipefitter at OGN, and Ross Mitchell, captain of the Barrier team.

Two engineering firms kicked off a fundraising drive for a cause close to employees’ hearts.

Scaffolding crew from Barrier took on staff from engineering firm OGN in a charity football match in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The match, which was played at Northern League side Newcastle Benfield FC’s ground, raised £1,544 for the charity.

Barrier won 4-2, which included a hat-trick from scaffolder Michael Martin.

Around 100 supporters turned out to watch the firms, which occupy neighbouring premises off Hadrian’s Way in Wallsend.

Kevin Cairns, scaffolding supervisor at Barrier, said: “Many people who work for both OGN and Barrier have known someone who has been unfortunate enough to suffer with this horrible illness and we really just wanted to do something positive to help this very worthwhile charity.”

He added: “We had a beautiful, sunny day for the match and it was a really fun way to raise money for a cause which is very close to all of our hearts.

“It was a real privilege to play at a Northern League ground – the atmosphere was great and everyone had a fantastic day.”

David Edwards, chief executive of OGN Group, said: “It was a great match – very competitive, with a real friendly rivalry.

“Barrier’s lads played really well and were worthy competitors.

“But the best part of the day was raising lots of money for a charity which has helped people who are close to many of us – I know that means a lot to everyone.

“We’d like to thank all the supporters who’ve come down to cheer us on and put their hands in their pockets for this fantastic charity.”

 

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