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Back of the net! Toby Perkins MP joins football stars to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Back of the net! Toby Perkins MP joins football stars to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

With around £30,000 raised, and more than one childhood dream fulfilled, celebrities and MPs held a football match at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 17th May to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The Trust is the largest charity devoted to raising funds to help support members of the community suffering from the most common hereditary disease.

Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, dusted off his gloves and donned his boots ahead of his second game between the sticks in a Parliamentary Football Club jersey. However, the enormity of his task lining up against several former professionals, including former Chelsea hero Gus Poyet, and Olympic star Darren Campbell soon became clear as the six foot six goalie was tested with a number of shots early on. Toby’s shift came to a close at half time having conceded a respectable two goals, and having managed a succession of saves at the feet of the celebrity strike force.

The final score ended 6-4 to the Cystic Fibrosis celebrity outfit, with the Parliamentarians almost inflicting an ego-damaging draw against players once gracing the same West London pitch in Premier League matches. 

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the benefactor of the money raised by the football match, has carried out substantial research into CF since 1964, and has introduced clinical benefits to people affected by Cystic Fybrosis using money raised across the UK. The Trust has also pioneered an information drive to advise and highlight the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis nationwide.

Following the final whistle Mr. Perkins said:-

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a fantastic charity which does so much to invest in scientific research and clinical progress for those people living with CF and it is such a privilege to support them in that role. The opportunity to play alongside such stars, many of whom I have seen from the terraces, was a great experience and the turnout of such talent shows just how many people are aware of the CFT and the excellent work it does across the UK”.

A spokesperson for the CF Trust said: “It was a fantastic day and the MPs really gave our team a run for their money this year, at one point it looked like it might be a draw. We’ve raised over £30,000 from this event and are really grateful to everyone who played”.

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