Teams take to the pitch in fundraiser for Corby firefighter injured in hit-and-run

The football tournament for Mark Hackett
The football tournament for Mark Hackett

Teams from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Corby Council went head to head in a football tournament in aid of an injured firefighter.

Mark Hackett, a member of Corby fire station’s White Watch, was left with serious injuries when a car was in collision with him while he was on duty on August 11.

To support his recovery, members of the Corby Neighbourhood Policing Team and Corby Council’s Neighbourhood Team took part in a six-a-side football tournament on his behalf yesterday (Thursday), with teams from each taking on a team from the fire service in a round-robin format.

Mark was there to cheer on his colleagues from the sidelines at West Glebe Park, Corby, last night.

PC Chris Vickers from the Corby Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It went really well and we raised £168.

“We had about 20 spectators who came along and we did a three team tournament between ourselves, White Watch which Mark works with and Corby neighbourhood wardens.

“We normally do a charity match between us and the wardens so this time we thought we would do it for Mark after reading about it in the Northants Telegraph.”

PC Vickers said Mark was ‘overwhelmed’ by their support, and added: “All three emergency services work a lot closer together now so it was very much about helping one of our own.”

The council’s neighbourhood wardens claimed the top spot after winning both their games, with the fire and police teams coming joint second.

Use of the pitch for the football tournament was donated by the council and the money raised came from the teams as well as the spectators who turned out on the evening.

To read more about the hit-and-run and the months of recovery Mark faces, click here