Brake Braves the Pitch for Bliss

November 8, 2011 3:02 PM

Local MP Tom Brake launched his Olympic Gold Challenge in aid of Bliss this Saturday during Carshalton Athletic's FA trophy win over Cirencester Town. Tom took to the pitch at half time to face penalties from a selection of the club's youth team players and fans.

He said: "Those ten minutes between the posts reminded me exactly why I was never asked to go in goal in my younger years, I must have only saved two or three. With our young players on this form though, it looks like England's penalty curse could be coming to an end!"

It was a good afternoon for Carshalton, who came back from conceding in the first minute to win 3-1.

A collection for Bliss around the ground during half time and after the final whistle raised £95.80, and Tom was keen to pay tribute to the Robins fans who dug deep to help the charity.

He said: "It was great to see so many people donating to such a good cause, so I'd like to thank the club and its fans for making the day such a success."

The rest of the Challenge will see Tom try his hand at another nine Olympic sports, including judo and basketball, before the start of the London Games next year to raise money for Bliss, a charity that provides care and support for babies born prematurely or sick and for their families.

Tom has so far raised just under £200. If you would like to donate or find out more about the Challenge, visit For more information about Bliss, visit

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