Doncaster Business Cup: Organisers set £15,000 fundraising target

Team captains Alexander Van Steen and David Plant are pictured with the Doncaster Business Cup during the launch at Keepmoat Stadium. They are pictured with l-r Craig Dowie, Crown Hotel Director, Katey Dent, Crown Hotel Sales Manager, Michelle Moorcroft, North Ridge Community School, Helen Mower, Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, Peter Bradley, Aurora, Sue Plant, North Ridge Community School, Andrew Whitman, Doncaster Rovers Commercial Manager and Liam Scully, Club Doncaster Foundation Chief Executive.
Team captains Alexander Van Steen and David Plant are pictured with the Doncaster Business Cup during the launch at Keepmoat Stadium. They are pictured with l-r Craig Dowie, Crown Hotel Director, Katey Dent, Crown Hotel Sales Manager, Michelle Moorcroft, North Ridge Community School, Helen Mower, Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, Peter Bradley, Aurora, Sue Plant, North Ridge Community School, Andrew Whitman, Doncaster Rovers Commercial Manager and Liam Scully, Club Doncaster Foundation Chief Executive.
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Organisers of the 2015 Crown Hotel Bawtry Doncaster Business Cup have set a fundraising target of £15,000.

This year’s annual charity football match - which sees businessmen from across the region pay £250 to play at the Keepmoat Stadium - takes place on Saturday, July 18.

Money raised from the event will be donated to five local charities - Firefly, Aurora, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Doncaster Rovers Foundation Club and the North Ridge Community School.

Last year’s Business Cup raised £7,500 for Doncaster-based cancer charity Firefly and organisers have set their sights on doubling that figure.

Team captains David Plant, of Moirae Creative Agency, and Alexander Van Steen, of Axita Limited, recently met charity representatives at an official launch and photo-shoot event.

“Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the cup, we are determined to support more Doncaster charities than ever and came up with the idea of involving not just one but five great charities,” said event co-founder Plant.

“We hope the cup gains even more exposure this year,” said Van Steen.

“We have had generous PR commitments from the Doncaster Free Press, Gazette, Trax FM, Sine FM and are hoping for even more.” said Van Steen.

Team Plant and Team Van Steen are now well into their respective coaching camps, held weekly at Doncaster Rovers’ Cantley Park training ground.

But while winning is important to all concerned, the main beneficiaries will be the event’s five charity partners.

Susanne Plant, of North Ridge Community School, also David Plant’s mother, said: “We are extremely grateful to be given this opportunity and are so proud of our Doncaster businessmen for their dedication and hard work.

“They money we hope to receive will benefit all of the pupils attending our school and past donations have helped build an indoor gym and expand the school’s horticultural programme to help students develop community and life skills.”

For more information visit www.doncasterbusinesscup.co.uk or follow them on twitter at @donbusinesscup.