Author: Mike Smith - Wed 19 Apr 17
Our Easter Monday fixture versus Chorley FC, was designated as a 'Charity Day', with four local charities invited to Bower Fold, to raise awareness of the work each individual charity does and to raise valuable funds.
We welcomed the Anthony Seddon Fund, a mental health charity, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, to the game to carry out a 'Bucket Collection, as one of our six official collections of the season. A big thank you to those who donated on the day.
As part of the FA Charity Shield, the annual curtain raiser to the Football season, the club were awarded £2,000, along with other Football clubs in the pyramid, to distribute to local charities.
Rather than give the whole amount to one charitable organisation, we decided to split it between three. A cheque for £1,000 was given to Willow Wood Hospice, as part of the clubs longstanding support to the Hospice, £500 was given to The Believe and Achieve Trust, who have been our chosen Community Development charity this season, and a further £500 was given to Reuben's Retreat, who we have been working with for the past two seasons.
Our thanks go to the Football Association for the very kind donation, I know all three charities really appreciated it.
If you would like to nominate a Charity to be part of our match day 'Bucket Collection's' next season, contact Mike Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org