A team of big-hearted footballers have raised over £1,100 for our hospice.
Players from the Under 12 squad from Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football Club swapped their football boots for walking boots on Saturday 18 November to take part in a sponsored 10-mile walk to raise funds.
Team Coach Jamie Bird, whose son Tommy is a member of the team said: “St John’s Hospice is close to so many people’s hearts, and we know what a fantastic service it provides to local patients and families, so the lads decided to do a sponsored walk to raise funds and give them our support.”
Setting off from the team’s home ground at Shaw Wood Academy in their football kits, and supported by their parents, they received lots of ‘honks’ of support from local motorists as they made the grueling 10-mile hike to the Hospice on Weston Road in Balby, where staff greeted them and said a huge thank you.
Hospice Fundraiser Lindsey Richards said: “What an amazing group of young lads!
“Christmas has come a little bit early for us thanks to this fantastic donation!
“Every penny they’ve raised will go towards supporting patients and families in our care, and on behalf of all of our team, I’d like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of the players and their parents for thinking of us and to everyone who has generously donated to our charity – we are very grateful and proud – well done!”
St John’s Hospice is run by Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH).