Football club raises funds for hospice
PLAYERS from Altrincham Football Club bought their own shirts to support a fundraising campaign for St Ann’s Hospice.
The Vanarama Conference club swapped their famous red and white striped tops for a one-off pink strip in a recent game against FC Halifax Town to highlight cancer awareness.
The unique shirts were then auctioned off with a number of players dipping into their own pockets to buy the kit to support the charity.
A total of £2,405 was raised among players and fans after a £100 limit was set on the 16 auctioned shirts which were supplied by SKkits.
More than 70 replica shirts were also bought from the club shop for £20 each while a half-time bucket collection also boosted donations to St Ann’s.
Club chairman Grahame Rowley said: “I’d like to thank everyone who made a donation and the fact this fundraising initiative was so successful says a lot about the generosity of our supporters and players.
“Our club is proud of its long-standing links with the community and shows our commitment to help those in need of hospice care, including cancer patients.
“Each year St Ann’s provides free care for around 3,000 patients with a variety of lifelimiting illnesses, their families and carers.
“It’s a wonderful facility serving Greater Manchester.”
The pink kit helped Altrincham to a goal-less draw against Halifax, a result which helped secure their status in the league for another season.
Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley (far left) and goalkeeping coach Ian Senior present a cheque to St Ann’s Hospice sister Laura Street (second left) and staff nurse Maggie Inman
The Altrincham team wear the pink kit before their game with Halifax, pictured with their mascots