Air conditioning industry breaks record for charity

New football record achieved for Children in Need
FootyAn All-Star Charity XI, made up former professionals, television celebrities and leading lights from the air conditioning industry, has achieved a new record in football by playing five matches in five nations in less than 48 hours – in the process raising £20,000 for charity.
David Dunn, general manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning, teamed up with Cool Designs Ltd and fellow distributors Dysk, GT Phelan and AMP to organise and sponsor the challenge, which took place earlier this month.
The team’s whistle-stop tour kicked off in Scotland, before playing back-to-back matches in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and, finally, England. Pudsey the Bear joined them in support of the gruelling series of matches.
The team completed the five games in 45 hours, 52 minutes and 16 seconds, confirmed by the Football Association as a first. Simon Gerrard, CEO of Cheshire FA, congratulated the players and presented certificates to mark the achievement.
Following the final match at Cosey Club, Haslington, he presented a crystal trophy to David Dunn and Barry Donegan, who organised the challenge.
Pudsey charityDavid Dunn said: “It was a fantastic weekend, and as hard and challenging as anything I have ever done. But well worth all the effort everyone put in. The event raised around £20,000 for Children in Need, and donations are still coming in.”
During the tour, some 6,000 people came to support the matches and see Pudsey bear playing in goal saving penalties at half time.
Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy was among the former professionals on the team, and commented that it was a truly worthwhile tour which he had enjoyed tremendously. Alan brought his experience to bear as part of the All-Star squad, assisting James Donegan to score in nearly all the games, to receive the tour’s Golden Boot.
The organisers have applied to have the achievement ratified as an official world record.