Over 200 people from the UK and European toy community witnessed an exciting match, in which the Hong Kong Football Club emerged 5-2 victors. But the real winners from the evening were the Fence Club, with over £30,000 being raised for the charity by the event.
Joe Kissane, Fence Club charity committee chairman, told Toy World: “The evening was a mega success, the biggest and best to date. Most of the UK Toy Trade who were out in Hong Kong were there, and everyone had a fabulous evening. It’s unique for so many competitors from supply and retail to all be together and enjoy an evening of entertainment. That’s what makes the British Toy Trade so special. The amount raised by this year’s event exceeded expectations, so we’re absolutely delighted. Every single penny we raise goes directly to children’s charities, which will support many seriously ill children and their families.”
The match couldn’t be staged without the help of a number of people, and Joe wanted to thank everyone who gave their time to help proceedings run so smoothly: “First of all I’d like to thank John Langley and Kate plus everyone else from the Hong Kong Football Club. It’s a very special venue and we’re delighted to be made so welcome. I’d also like to say a huge thanks to my colleagues at Character Options, David Bramford and Sharon Ford, who organised the invitations, co-ordinated the sponsorships and also made sure we had a team of players who gave the opposition a good run for their money. I’d also like to thank Jon Diver for his help in persuading our sponsors to support the event, and to Uniserve, this year’s main event sponsor. There were many other contributors and I would personally like to thank them all for their support and kindness.”
The Hong Kong Football match is due to return in 2016.
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