Fundraisers say a football match to raise money for a Chichester homeless charity will kick off a new year dedicated to helping the city’s community.
Tonight’s six-a-side game will see former Pompey captain Danny Hollands lead the Falbros Media Group team to play a Wickes DIY store outfit at Chichester College with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Hollands is a one-time captain of Premier League Chelsea’s reserve side and has played for Charlton Athletic, AFC Bournemouth and Crewe Alexander. He currently plays for non-league Eastleigh.
Up for grabs is the inaugural ChiFi Charity Cup – and money raised from the event will be handed to Stonepillow, the homeless charity. Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support to “empower homeless and vulnerable individuals to make positive changes in their lives”.
The businessmen behind ChiFi, the new, free WiFi service in the city’s North Street, have come together to stage the match, and promise more of the same in 2018.
FMG’s director Ryan Ewen teamed up with Henry Brown of Blaze Wireless to launch the ChiFi service to help frustrated mobile phone users get a signal. They plan to expand the service throughout the city.
Ryan explained: “We have lots of big plans next year to help the community and we’re excited by what 2018 holds. ChiFi is just the first step in bringing the community together.
“We want to help local charities with a series of fundraising events next year. We have had some terrific support from local businesses for the football match but it’s very much the start of things in terms of trying to make a difference out those who need help.”
*People going to the game tonight can take advantage of ChiFi’s free internet if they want to do anything on social media, videos and photos.