30 Jun 2014
England’s hopes of world cup glory may have been short lived – but for one group of clinicians at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, the dream of three lions success has come true!
Consultant Dr Reshad Sufraz supported by colleagues from across the trust, as well as family and friends, recreated the 1966 World Cup fixture between England and Germany which saw Alf Ramsay’s team win 4-2. This time however, the 2014 squad were able to go one better and won 5-2!
The fixture, played at the Westway Sports Centre in London earlier this month, was organised to raised money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation – a charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. Since being established in the UK in 1986, they have granted more than 8,000 wishes.
Dr Sufraz – a consultant at the Ealing crisis resolution and home treatment team, came up with the idea of recreating the famous tie which has so far raised in excess of £1,750.
He said: “This charity is close to my heart – the work they do is amazing and to be able to grant wishes to children with life threatening conditions is really something special.”
Many people from across the trust and local community turned out to relive that historic moment and for Dr Sufraz – it was a beautiful moment. “It had always been my boyhood dream to lift the World Cup Trophy. It was never going to happen for real so I thought I would set something up that would be a fun event and raise money for a very worthy cause,” he said.
“I was overwhelmed with the support that we’ve received for this event from everyone. Our target was to raise £1,000 so I am really pleased that we exceeded this and feel truly delighted that children with life threatening conditions will benefit from everyone’s good work.”
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