HC-One win Tees Valley football tournament in aid of raising funds for Dementia UKHC-One’s Darlington Support Office team have raised over £750 for Dementia UK after winning a Tees Valley football tournament in Teesside.

The tournament, which was held on Thursday, March 21 at Goals in Teesside, Middlesbrough, saw HC-One play a series of five-a-side charity football games alongside 24 other companies operating within the Teesside area. 

Eight colleagues, who are based at the HC-One Support Office, located on Archer Street in Darlington, laced up their football boots to play in the games. This included:
•    Captain: Caithan Leighton – HR Onboarding Team Leader
•    Jamie Stallard – HR Onboarding Team Leader
•    Josh Archer – Payroll Administrator
•    Ross Watson – Senior Product Manager
•    Josh Marriner – HR Onboarding Administrator
•    Nathan Gilbert – HR Onboarding Administrator
•    Dan Martin – Senior Payroll Administrator
•    Reece Swalwell – HR Helpdesk Administrator

The event involved some fantastic teams, but HC-One battled it out and ended up winning the ‘Europa League Final’ and qualifying for the National Finals, which will take place in Leeds. The Europa League win for HC-One helped raise an additional £150 for the chosen charity.

Business Fives published on their website:
“At our Tees Valley Football Tournament, there will be a £350 charity donation made to the Champions League Winners and £150 donation to the Europa League winners, and £100 donation to the Europa Conference League Winner.”

The team also managed to raise another pot of donations for Dementia UK on a ‘Go Fund Me’ page. The donations made currently stands at £620, which completely exceeded the initial target of £200. In total, the team have helped raise over £750 for the charity, with more expected to come in over the next few weeks.

Graham Stokes, Director of Dementia & Specialist Service Innovation at HC-One, said:
“Nearly 40 per cent of people with dementia are living in a care home, For HC-One the result is that more than 70 per cent of our residents have dementia, which is around 10,000 people. This is the scale of our responsibility, yet also the scale of our opportunity to show what is possible. 
“Our model of dementia care redefines what it means to support people living with dementia, ensuring that we not only care for them, but we also care about them. It embraces dementia-friendly interior design, meaningful occupation, compassionate person-centred practice and clinical excellence.
“This ensures that HC-One’s dementia care communities have the right people, right culture and right environment combining to deliver what is best for residents. The outcome is that we are committed to giving people with dementia the care they need and the life they want.”

Team Captain, Caithan Leighton, stated: 
“It was fitting for us to play for Dementia UK, because of the work our colleagues do, day in and day out to support residents with dementia, so this is a charity that is very close to all of our hearts. 
“I am very proud to have taken part in the Tees Valley Football Tournament, and even more proud at how much we raised for this fantastic charity!
“We are very much looking forward to the National Finals! 

We wish the team the very best of luck in the National Finals.