Tweepstake 2014 – Day 22

July 3, 2014

With one day to go to the Quarter Finals, here’s some quick details of the matches, times and stations for the eight who are still with us (though I hope a few of you who are out are still enjoying taking part- don’t forget, even though you’re gone, you will receive a ‘prize’ ).



FRANCE (@Zoleipar) v GERMANY (@DarrenK37)

5pm. BBC. Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.

BRAZIL (@Mojorainbw) v COLOMBIA (@SpiderMonkey987)

9pm. ITV. Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.



ARGENTINA (@joyfeed) v BELGIUM (@hbnm1985)

5pm. ITV. Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, in Brasilia.

HOLLAND (@Braggovic) v COSTA RICA (@jasonpettigrove)

9pm. BBC. Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

I’ll do previews for tomorrow. Today I’m just going to do a quick recap of why were all in this Tweepstake anyway.

Firstly, it’s fun. Fun for me, hopefully fun for all of you. I’m no football expert, and I’m guessing some of you aren’t either. But it’s a World event and (despite the corruption, the match-fixing, the ethics of such a costly thing taking place) it’s something that unites us through a game, not a war.

Secondly, prizes!

And thirdly, we’re all trying to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. I’ve set the bar high with a target of £1966. For once, in football terms, it would be nice to hit the bar! So far, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of you all, we have raised £1089.29. That’s amazing, and far more than I could have hoped for if we had done an ordinary sweepstake event.

Some of you have your own reasons for supporting Alzheimer’s Society, reasons of family and those around you and close to you being affected. Some of you may know of others affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. All of you are incredibly kind and generous.

I can’t ask for anymore from you. But if you know of any others who would like to donate, please join me in pestering them like I’ve been pestering you.

Alzheimer’s has been in the news a lot lately. The Government has promised to do more, but only the other day the Alzheimer’s Society pointed to the “desperate shortage” of support for people following diagnosis. In a survey by the society they found that out of 400 people affected by dementia a fifth had been given no information or support following diagnosis. 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia; that means a possible 40,000 people are going without support. Alzheimer’s Society not only offer support, they also work tirelessly to make sure this is making the news, to make the government act, to help the NHS and those working in it to offer the best possible treatment and care to those we love.

You know all this. Please tell others. They can donate (even just the price of a pint) here.

That’s my banging on done. I promise tomorrow will be about football.


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