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British Transport Police first responders take on ambulance service in charity match for Manchester Arena survivors

British Transport Police officers who were first responders to the Manchester Arena bombing are warming up to play a charity football match against a team from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) on Sunday 11 March. 
The brainchild of Liverpool based PC Paul Owens, the game will raise cash for the Manchester Emergency Fund set up by the British Red Cross.
Proceeds will also be donated to MIND and COPS, to support BTP officers and NWAS staff affected by the traumatic scenes they faced on 22 May last year.
The game will be played at Manchester Regional Arena, next to the Manchester City’s ground, thanks to the Eastlands Trust which is providing the venue for free. 
Kick-off is at 1pm and there will also be a charity raffle to raise extra funds.
PC Owens said: “The idea first came up in the changing rooms. We play football regularly as a team anyway and it’s a great way of getting together and talking about things you might otherwise not.
“We thought it would be therapeutic to do something with our NWAS colleagues who were also there on the night and raise money for the victims and survivors at the same time.”

Ron Schank, HART Team Leader for North West Ambulance Service, said: “Our team is all geared up ready for the big game and we’re really excited to be involved! It’s such a good cause, something very close to our hearts and should be a really good day playing against our colleagues at British Transport Police.”
If you’d like to go along and watch the game, please let Paul know by emailing 
Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £2 for children or a family ticket for £10 (2 adults and up to 4 children).
Donations in support of the event can be made at:

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