Nine corporate teams competed in The Royal British Legion Challenge Cup to raise vital funds for the UK’s Armed Forces community.

A corporate charity football tournament has raised more than £20,000 for The Royal British Legion.

On Friday 12 May, The Royal British Legion Challenge Cup held at Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club saw nine teams from M&S, Rolls Royce, The City of London Corporation, Osborne and Stackhouse Poland compete against Paratroopers from 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

M&S were crowned the champions, beating Rolls-Royce in the final in a dramatic penalty shoot out.

This was the first year the tournament has been held and following its success, the Legion is now planning to repeat the event annually.

"What an amazingly well organised event! From the minute we walked through the doors we were welcomed by a friendly team offering us food, kit and anything else we needed. The tournament was great fun. I can’t wait for the next one!” Ben Wilcox, Osborne team captain

Louise Ajdukiewicz, Interim Assistant Director of High Value Giving, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the tournament and made it an exciting day for all involved. It raised a significant amount of money which will help the Legion provide advice and support to members of our Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.”

One of our beneficiaries, former Paratrooper Darren Fuller, was also present to talk to the players and their supporters about the Legion’s work and how it has helped him.

Darren served in the army for 20 years. In 2008, he lost his lower right arm while serving in Afghanistan.

Following his injury, The Legion stepped in to make adaptations to Darren’s house which helped improve his day-to-day life and regain his independence. After being medically discharged from the Army, Darren joined The Royal British Legion as a Community Fundraiser for Essex.

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