Foot­ball club raises funds for hospice

Stockport Times West - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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