Fresh from making his UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) debut in Belfast last month, Swansea’s Brett Johns made a guest appearance at an annual charity football match at Pontlliw Park on Sunday (4th December) to help raise money for the Ty Olwen charity and Papworth Hospital.
The annual ‘Sheila Mary Cridland Cup’ event is run by Ian and Helen Williams, founders of leading Welsh cleaning company, Clean Sweep, in the memory of Helen’s mother, Sheila Mary. Dai Mathias, who also helped organise the event, was team captain along with Ian Williams.
This year’s event raised £1,500 that will be donated to Ty Olwen, the charity that provided palliative care for Helen’s mother, and the Papworth Hospital that cared for Pontlliw committee member, Russell Truelove, after undergoing a full heart transplant after collapsing while playing football.
Brett, from nearby village Pontarddulais, presented the trophy to the winning ‘Blue’ team, captained by Ian Williams, which won on penalties after the match ended 5-5. He also helped raise more funds at a raffle and auction in The Buck Inn, Pontlliw, after the game.
“It has been an amazing couple of weeks for me since making my UFC debut, but it is fantastic to come to an event like this back in my own community and help two fantastic causes.
“A lot of hard work goes into organising an event like this and I was delighted to help in any way I could. It was a great way to spend a Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the game and helping raise funds afterwards.”
Helen Williams, founder and managing director of Clean Sweep, commented:
“We were so happy to welcome Brett Johns to the event this year and everyone had such a great time. Both Ty Olwen and the Papworth Hospital have done so much for not only our family and close ones, but for so many others too – it’s so important for us to try and give back.
“Last year was a real success and we strive to make each year bigger and better – all in the name of supporting these charities and raising funds for them.”
Operations manager of Clean Sweep and team captain, Ian Williams, said:
“The aim of each year’s event is to raise awareness and support those who have used the services of these charities and care units in the past, while raising funds for a great cause. I would like to thank every single business and individual who participated and donated.
“These events are always well received by the local community and really make for a fun day out for everyone involved.”