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A football tournament was hosted by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) in late May 2021 to say thank you to Oxleas staff for their work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oxleas staff took part in the free six-a-side tournament, hosted by CACT as part of the London United initiative.

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Carl Krauhaus, CACT’s Head of Early Help & Prevention, said: "Eight clubs across London are working with their local NHS Trust, we’re very proud that Oxleas is our local NHS Trust."

Anna Gillepsie, Community Forensic Service Manager at Oxleas, said: "It’s been a really, really difficult year but testament to the staff – everybody’s come together, we’ve made the best of a bad situation and hopefully events like this show that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and the world is slowly coming back to normal, hopefully."

The event was held at Charlton Athletic's Sparrows Lane training ground, with around 60 Oxleas staff members taking part.

DJ Joe of the Charlton Upbeats, CACT’s free programme open to children, young people and adults with Down’s syndrome, was the DJ for the tournament, with other members of the Upbeats helping out at the event and playing with some of the teams.

The tournament was won by the Keyboard Warriors, a team of staff from our IT department, who will progress to face other NHS teams at a later date.

Former Liverpool and current Charlton Athletic Women's no9 Jessica King showed her support on the night.

Jessica said: "Female involvement in general is really good at any level with football, supporting the NHS is something special as well, after what’s gone on over the last year."

Published on 10th June 2021