Play2Give party a record breaker, Get your raffle tickets now, Bid on a Signed Arsenal framed picture and nominated for Sainsbury's Didcot's Charity of the Year 2014 plus much more.
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Play2Give Newsletter

Issue 7 - Summer 2014


Roll Up, Roll Up...



It's that time of year again when Play2Give ask you to dig deep as the annual football fundraising tournament takes centre stage as football fever sweeps Oxford City Football Club.

On Sunday July 13, the event, now in its 6 year and its third as a children's tournament, returns and as every year it is hoped to raise thousands for the Oxford Children's Hospital - which benefits from this fantastic fun day every summer.  We have 18 boys teams in under 9s and 10s raring to hit the pitches, and we also have RAFFLE TICKETS available to NOW buy!

With an array of over 30+ fantastic prizes, you can help a local child in need by buying your tickets and the chance to bag a prize, ranging from days out, to a Four Pillars Hotel meal, a Miele vacuum, a day at the Races, to 1/2 a days gardening, Oxford United match-day tickets and much much more!!  Raffle tickets are just 50p each
, or £2.50 for a book of 5 tickets.

All the proceeds - as with that of the football tournament - will be donated to the Oxford Children's Hospital. Last year's raffle in the football tournament bagged the most amount of money ever in history, with over £660 raised and over 30 lucky winners!! 

So if you would like to buy a ticket/s, please email Andrew Baker or speak to Dale, Teresa, or Elaine for tickets.


Even if you don't win a lucky prize, be safe in the knowledge that you'll have helped score a winner for the most poorly of children in hospital in Oxfordshire!


Play2Give Party
Breaks Records


Back in February Andrew Baker (P2G chief) and friend-supporter Ross Downes, a volunteer helper of the 
 Paediatric Eye Fun
d , organised a very fun and top notch fundraising party - and so successful it was that it broke all records for a Play2Give evening, by raising over £1,810 in total for the PEF at the JR and the Oxford Children's Hospital

It was the fourth such night orchestrated by Andrew and with the aid of Ross, and the input of Craig Phillips (of 
Didcot Rugby Club, of which the rugby club supported the entire event) a packed room at the wonderful hosts the town's Marlborough Club enjoyed a fantastic of amazing music - from Unusual Suspects the band for the night who had everyone singing and dancing - quite literally - to the wonderful disco from Impact Disco, to a large raffle, a buffet and not to mention a hairy hour when members of the rugby club had their heads shaved and legs waxed to raise extra funds.

Even Andrew had his own head shaved right down to the scalp and through his skinhead, he raised over £700 for his 3 charities, thanks to the support of all those who sponsored him for his 'hair-razing' experience!! Andrew's hair has now grown back, but it was a real winner of the night for the 3 charities he supported, and thank you to all those brave chaps who lost their hairs for such good causes! Huge thank you to 
Johnsons of Oxford for their wonderful philanthropy in being our sponsors for the event allowing us to achieve such an astounding sum and result!  It is hoped to run another Play2Give party at the Marlborough
Club in 2015.

Bid If Your a Gooner
and Help Sick Kids

Are you an avid Gooner supporter?

Play2Give have been lucky enough to receive a signed Arsenal picture (which we have had framed for extra effect) donated by the football club to raise funds for this year's football tournament.

Last year the club also donated the same signed item and through silent bids beforehand £185 was boosted to the 
Children's Hospital by the football tournament after the lucky winner was an Arsenal-mad lady from Oxfordshire who was thrilled to add the 'framed picture' to her room, known as an Arsenal shrine. Are you football mad?

Are you an avid Gooner supporter? Do you know someone who lives and breathes Arsenal? If you would like to bid for this signed picture with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the 2013/14 first team, and help a great cause at the same time?

Please email your bid to by 9pm on July 12th and the person with the closest or highest bid come July 13th will win this piece of memorabilia!


Recycle 4 Play2Give

Be Environmentally Friendly and
Raise Inky Money at the Same Time:

Now you can support P2G in a really simple way just by simply recycling your used toners, inkjets or unwanted mobile phones and raise funds at the same time!

Recycle4Charity (run by BCMY Ltd) and Play2Give have teamed up and so
far £34 has already been generated to our funds through this excellent initiative! Since 2002 this company has helped raise over £864,808.64 for a range of charities that's 344,323 kg kept out of landfill. F Church Ltd, the Churchill Hospital relocation office team, and even individuals have signed up to support us in this way.

Its very simple just logon to, select 'Play2Give' from the and register your details - Recycle4Charity does the rest and can provide jiffy bags to send your old inkjets in.

For toners you just simply send them away in a box and away you go!  Hows this for a simple and well environmentally-friendly way to show your support and help Play2Give all year round, at no cost to you!

Recycle 4 Play2Give




Donating to support Play2Give is very easy through 2 ways by traditional cheque and snail mail or the more speedy webby way:-

To donate online via BACS Play2Give's
bank details are:-  A/C No: 16270851,
Sort code: 62-28-74, Reference: 2863301710

Send a cheque payable to Play2Give to the address at the bottom of the newsletter


About Play2Give

Play2Give Raises Over £25k since 2007

Play2Give (or P2G for short) was set up voluntarily in 2007 by Didcot's Andrew Baker who teamed up with friends to bring a football tournament to life in Oxfordshire. Since its inception, and now as a fundraising organisation, P2G has proved to be hugely successful and raises money each year for local charities, principally the Oxford Children's HospitalIt has just grown and grown and has become well renowned across Oxfordshire.

football tournaments have been hailed by past teams as being the 'best tournament for charity in Oxfordshire', which is a real testament to the hard work and effort that Andrew, Dale, Teresa and all the team put in each year organising these annual events. Since 2007 over £25,000 has now been raised and donated to these causes, with over £19,000 of this to the Children's Hospital. 

Play2Give hugely supports Headway Oxfordshire and the Oxford Paediatric Eye Fund. We also donated to Bone Cancer Research, FootstepsSpecialEffectHeads Up and the Have a Heart Oxfordshire radio appeal over the years.

Andrew Baker began fundraising to repay the Oxford medics who saved his life following major brain surgery a
ged 12 in 2001 by inspiring 'fundraising' at St Birinus School where he was then a pupil aged just 14 in 2003, Since then has inspired, motivated and lead a wide range of school friends from St Birinus to Didcot Girl's to the Sixth Formers, to family, friends and Play2Give event supporters, to support his fundraising crusade and has gone on to raise over £40,000 for local charities!

Over £34,000 of this for the 
Oxford Children's Hospital!! Andrew had been treated since birth for a multitude of health problems after being born suffered a brain injury, and then a playground accident aged 8 causing a second head injury. Play2Give is on course in 2014 for a record-breaking year in terms of the funds raised. 
More about Andrew and Play2Give
Visit the website
 for all the latest news and events 24/7 updated regularly 

Oxford Children's Hospital
Headway Oxfordshire
Paediatric Eye Fund

If you would like to make a donation to Play2Give, buy a wristband, take part in one of our events, or support us in another way, please see below.


Play2Give Wristbands

Show Your Band Aid!

These bands priced at a minimum £1 donation each, are available in both junior and adult sizes. All proceeds Play2Give raises are donated to the Oxford Children's Hospital. Currently available to buy at various local outlets across Didcot and Witney.
More info here


Nominated in Sainsbury's Charity of the Year

July 8th D-Day:

Play2Give has been given the fantastic news recently (June 21st) that thanks to customers at the store Play2Give has been nominated in the 2014 'Charity of the Year' initiative as Sainsbury's Didcot scout for a new cause to support.

With an astounding amount of nominations the store received, over 30 of them, Play2Give has been selected in the shortlist as one of 3 charities/fundraising groups to potentially become the 'chosen one' for the store to support over the next year. On July 8th our Andrew Baker faces a 'dragons den' type session in Didcot's Civic Hall where the judges will make their decision based on a short presentation by the 3 selected groups on why they deserve to be chosen.

Sainsbury's Didcot has already shown fantastic support to Play2Give's fundraising for the Children's Hospital particularly, since last summer and through the store P2G has raised over £600 thanks to the sales of wristbands at customer services, and collections through book sales which have also benefited the Paediatric Eye Fund Headway Oxfordshire.

Please wish P2G and Andrew good luck for July 8th when the winner will be announced following the 'dragon's den' type presentation. We are thrilled to receive this good news.

A Chipper Total Raised

Arty Party Minis Raises £150:

Thanks to Natalie Bright who runs Art Haus Club, based in Wantage, who ran a successful 'Flashop Minis Activity Week' in early June and through a raffle held raised a fantastic £150 towards Play2Give - all proceeds of which have gone to the Children's HospitalHeadway Oxfordshire & the JR Paediatric Eye Fund.  Making special appearances was Chipper the Squirrel from the Treehouse Playcentre in Didcot and Peppa Pig. Natalie who also runs Creative Haus has designed posters and created this e-newsletter for Play2Give - and we thank Natalie for their lovely unstinting support.





From 9am. Oxford City Football Club. Supporting Oxford Children's Hospital. 18 boys teams, raffle, coconut shy, Jack FM with music and refreshments. Football freestyler. Guess the Sweets in the Jar. Thanks to our wonderful main sponsors, Breckon & Breckon and Newbury Building Society.

Oxfordshire Children’s Hospital:
(reg. charity 1057295, Fund 0410), 
Oxfordshire Paediatric Eye Fund:
(reg. charity 1057295, Fund 2134)
Headway Oxfordshire: (reg. charity 299377

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