Football tournament raises cash in memory of late colleague

Peter Richards
Peter Richards

Staff and volunteers from 12 charity and public sector organisations will part in a five-a-side football tournament in memory of late colleague Peter Richards. 

The tournament has already raised £600, which will be used to provide vital items for vulnerable people across Leeds.

Thanks to sponsorship from Abzorb all of this money will directly benefit vulnerable and disadvantaged people by providing the personal support when they need it most to get back on their feet again.  

Khalid Din, service manager for Engage Leeds which helps to prevent homelessness and rehouse homeless people, said: “Peter’s Fund was set up last year in memory of our colleague and friend Peter Richards.

“The fund has helped countless people, for example, by paying for delivery costs of essential furniture for a homeless person moving into a new home. The benefits to the people we support has been incredible, it makes them feel cared for, valued and part of society again.”

Featuring teams from Leeds’ charity and public sector, the tournament will be held in memory of late colleague Peter Richards, who passed away in 2020.

Peter worked for housing and homelessness charities for over 30 years and dedicated his working life to making a positive difference in peoples lives. For the last three years of his life, Peter was the service manager at Engage Leeds helping people who have complex needs and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Outside of his work, Peter was a passionate football fan, supporting Arsenal as well his local non-league team, Bradford Park Avenue.

Teams will take part from the following services and organisations: hosts Barca-Leeds in Bramley, Leeds Housing Options, Healthwatch, Street League, Carers Leeds, Gipsil, Our Way Leeds Localities, St Anne’s Community Services, Armley-based Forward Leeds, Safer Leeds, Change Grow Live and Engage Leeds.

A Justgiving page can be found here.


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