A CHARITY football match will be held in Kingswinford this weekend to raise funds to help give emergency department staff at Russell’s Hall Hospital some respite.

The event, which is being organised by emergency department paediatric lead nurse Joanne Timmins, will raise funds for a staff tranquillity room.

The aim is to create a dedicated calming space to help improve staff wellbeing, and to give a boost to existing staff facilities.

Deputy Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Andrea Goddard, and Deputy Consort, Councillor James Clinton, are set to attend the event which will take place at Kewford Eagles Football Ground, Swindon Road, Kingswinford, on Saturday August 13 at 1.30pm.

Kewford Eagles have donated use of ther grounds and Village Trophies have donated the winning cup.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Goddard, said: "This is a really worthwhile event and the funds raised will really help to make a difference.

"A staff tranquillity room will help hardworking staff to recharge before heading back out to support patients. They really deserve this dedicated space as a pleasant place to grab a much-needed break during long, demanding shifts."

Paediatric lead nurse, Joanne Timmins said: "Covid has been, and still is a struggle for services so we want to give something back to the staff so they can have space to reflect and have time out if needed.

"I hope people will show their support, come along to the football match and help us raise funds for hardworking NHS staff."

The event runs from midday to 6pm, with kick off at 1.30pm. Refreshments will be available or people can take a picnic. There will be stalls and ice cream.

Entry is £2, under 12s go free. Parking is £4.