Volunteer nurse pitches in at annual Nando’s Football Cup fundraiser

Volunteer nurse pitches in at annual Nando’s Football Cup fundraiser

LEADING international development charity VSO is set to team up with Nando’s, as the restaurant chain prepares to host its annual Nando’s Football Cup in Isleworth, Middlesex, on Tuesday 23 September.

VSO volunteer nurse, David Atherton, recently returned from a placement in Malawi and he will be taking to the pitch at half time to share his story with staff from Nando’s.

“While I was volunteering in Malawi, I saw first-hand how the money raised for VSO made a positive impact on communities – so to see how the other side of it works will be great,” says David, 31, from Yorkshire.

”Speaking at the annual Nando’s Football Cup will also provide the perfect platform to tell Nando’s staff about the positive impact of volunteering, personally and professionally. When you’re in the UK working in the same old routine you can get stuck in a bit of a rut, so volunteering overseas definitely offers you an exciting and refreshing experience. 

“I would say to anyone thinking of doing VSO, just go for it – make volunteering one of your goals. The organisation is looking for a diverse range of people to volunteer, from nurses and doctors to welders and IT professionals.”

The football tournament will see 600 Nando’s staff from throughout the UK playing in teams of five. The restaurant chain will use it as an opportunity to raise awareness of VSO UK, a charity which aims to fight poverty through volunteers, bringing people together to share skills and knowledge to create lasting change. VSO will also be holding a raffle to raise much needed funds for its work.

Photo opportunities will be available at the event and the details are as follows:

Address: Goals Soccer Centre, MacFarlane Lane, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 5DB

Date: Tuesday, 23rd September

Time: 10am – 4pm. VSO volunteer David Atherton will be speaking about volunteering at 1pm during the break in games


For more information or to interview with David Atherton, contact: Angela Singh, Media Officer, VSO on 020 8780 7368 or angela.singh@vso.org.uk. Alternatively, contact Ruby Wright, who will be attending the event, on 07969 983 222.

Editor's notes

VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas – brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries, reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together. www.vsointernational.org