Chris Kamara backs football fundraiser for Marie Curie

01 August 2016

Marie Curie Ambassador and football pundit Chris Kamara backed a recent Yorkshire Building Society football fundraising challenge to help shoot it towards its £1million target for the Hour of Need campaign.

Branches across the country invited customers and the public to become fundraising fans and support a Keepy Uppy Challenge in aid of Marie Curie.

Colleagues attempted to do as many keepy uppies – touches of a football to keep it off the ground - as they could in an hour to raise money for the Hour of Need campaign with every £20 raised funding one hour of Marie Curie nursing care.

The Society’s Hour of Need campaign was launched in 2014 with the aim of raising £500,000 by December 2016. Thanks to the strength of support this was reached a year early with the current total standing at over £967,000, the Society has now set its sights on reaching £1million.

Chris, who played for and managed Bradford City FC where the Society is based, said: “There has been some unbelievable fundraising happening for Marie Curie, thanks to Yorkshire Building Society’s Hour of Need campaign.

Customers and colleagues from around the country have so far helped to raise a fantastic £900,000 and with continued support, we can help them on their way to reaching their £1million goal.

Tanya Jackson, Yorkshire Building Society’s Head of Corporate Affairs, said:

The Hour of Need campaign is having a real impact on terminally ill people and their families and we will continue to raise even more money throughout the rest of the year.

If you would like to make a donation in support of the Hour of Need campaign, then please visit

See how Chris Kamara kicked off the football fundraiser with the help of Yorkshire Building Society colleagues.

REF: W02-16

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