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Emergency team's big match
06 April 2017

The Ipswich Hospital Emergency Department football teamStaff from our hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) will swap bandages for boots next week when they take on a team from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in a charity football match.

The mixed side, which includes porters, therapists, doctors and nurses, will take to the pitch on Saturday 15 April at the SEH Sports Ground in Humber Doucy Lane – the home of Ipswich Wanderers.

The teams will contest the Gary Smithen Memorial Cup in memory of a former paramedic who passed away last year. Organisers hope it will become an annual event with all proceeds going towards the Ipswich Outreach Bus, which aims to support homeless and vulnerable people.

The match has been arranged by Jay Walting, who is an emergency medical technician with the ambulance service, with the help of colleague Paul Martin and Ipswich ED technician Liam McKeary, who has organised the hospital team. The trio have pledged to make the game even more fun by competing in fancy dress.

“The ED team work really well with the ambulance service when they bring patients to the hospital, so we thought it would be nice to take that relationship further and encourage a bit of friendly rivalry on the pitch,” said Liam, who has worked at Ipswich for 13 years.

“We’ve held a few joint training sessions, which have been good fun, and are looking forward to the day itself. I’ll be completing the first half dressed as a Subbuteo figure and the second as the Queen of Hearts, which should make it a bit more difficult to play!

“There will be lots of other fundraising activities happening during the day, including a penalty shootout, predict the score competition and raffle, so we’d encourage everyone to come along, cheer us on and join in the fun.”

Gates open at 1.30pm with the game kicking off at 3pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for under 16s. Everyone is welcome.