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Highland Football and Business Communities Unite for Region's Biggest CHAS Fundraiser

Sneckie Insomnia Soccer Overnight Fives Festival continues to go from strength to strength in its second year, having raised an astonishing £23,418 for CHAS.

A halftime cheque presentation took place at Caley Stadium.

32 teams from around the world competed in the 12-hour all-night football tournament, coming from as far as Seattle to take part. The 2019 event took place at Inverness Leisure Centre on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January, with both youth and adult teams competing.

The idea to host the event came from an enthusiastic group of Highland businessmen who have played five-a-side football every Thursday evening for 35 years. As a result, there is a strong showing of support from the local community on the teamsheet.

In 2017, the idea of the Sneckie insomnia tournament was born, with the first edition taking place in 2018 and raising £17,500, which helped trigger the appointment of an extra respite nurse in the Highlands.

Ruathy Donald, Community Fundraiser at CHAS said: "We can't thank the organisers and players of this unique international festival of football enough for all their efforts. We are humbled by their coming together for CHAS - this money will be of massive benefit to children across the Highlands, enabling those with life-shortening conditions to access CHAS services, possibly for the first time.

Frank Gaskell, Secretary, Inverness Business Fives Group, said: "As a collective, we are so proud that with the help of many local businesses and individuals, we have been able to harness real passion for football and charity, with a desire to create a legacy for families in the Highlands to be supported by CHAS."

The Inverness Business Fives Group are already thinking ahead to opportunities and plans for SIS 3 in January 2020 and would welcome help from anyone locally who would like to get involved in helping them run the event.

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

The CHAS at Home service offers palliative care and family respite to families in their own homes across the whole of Scotland and has teams working in communities and hospitals across the country. In addition, the charity supports families and clinical teams with a network of Diana Children's Nurses.

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