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Date: 28 September 2022

Author: Rachel Bartlett

Our first ever beach volleyball tournament has raised £5,000 for two hospice charities, Julia’s House and Lewis Manning.

We welcomed ten teams from the Dorset business community to do battle on Bournemouth beach in our first ever such event.

At the end of a keenly contested series of rounds, the winners were Bournemouth IT consultancy QuoStar.

The teams

Team MSP were joined by a number of supporting teams including:
AFC Bournemouth
Asset management firm Ridge
Estate agents Frost & Co
IT provider QuoStar
Lawyers Ellis Jones
Accountants Saffery Champness
Internet marketing specialists Uprated
Office rental agency Venaspace.
Among the spectators cheering on their favourites were, AFC Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore and ex-Cherries forward Steve Fletcher. Steve Fletcher also presented the winners’ trophy at the end of the tournament.
The £5,000 raised from the competition has been split evenly between charities Julia’s House and Lewis-Manning Hospice.

Becky Harris, MSP Capital’s Finance Director, said

“The event was brilliant fun and as well as all that good natured serving, setting and spiking on the sand. It was a great way for businesses to network with each other and help raise funds for two such worthwhile causes.

Next year we want to see a bigger event, more teams, and raise even more money for the worthwhile charities.”

Caroline Attreed, Corporate Fundraiser for Julia’s House, said:
It was great to go along to the recent MSP Capital volleyball tournament on Bournemouth beach. We’re so grateful to everyone who took part and raised an amazing £5,000 for ourselves and Lewis Manning Hospice.
With over 10 local businesses involved, it’s wonderful to know we have such brilliant support in the local community.
The MSP Capital team did a wonderful job in pulling the teams together and everyone at Julia’s House, especially the children and families we support, want to say a huge thank you.
Nicki Culley, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for Lewis Manning, said:
A massive thank you to the MSP Capital team and all of the teams that took part on the day, it was such a brilliant atmosphere and made even better knowing that they had all raised such a lot of money which will make a huge difference to our patients and services – Thank you!
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We participated in this fantastic event because of our charity connections, to support MSP and have some fun. It’s great to see the staff who don’t necessarily work together on a day-to-day basis come together as a team and enjoy an afternoon of Volleyball. The atmosphere was brilliant and knowing the day was all going to a good cause added to that. Were looking forward to the next one.

Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director for AFC Bournemouth

The details

Beachfront restaurant West Beach kept the teams going with supplies of drinks and fish and chips. Each individual received a tote goody bag containing eco-friendly treats to help them stay energised throughout.
Beach volleyball specialist Deep Dish helped organise the event and supported MSP Capital on the day with a compere, referees and DJ.

Deep Dish was founded by beach volleyball stars Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf. They both represented Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Team GB at other international tournaments and world tour events.

Chris Frost, Director for Frost & Co, said:

The event was great, a perfect chance to get away from our desks and bond as a team outside the office on our local beach. We have been long standing supporters of Julia’s House so this is a fantastic way to support both them and MSP Capital who have done a super job organizing this event.”

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