An impressive £1600 has been raised for the Community Programme’s Under-16s Ability Counts disability team thanks to one of the players' grandmother's fundraising efforts.
Kath Walker, grandmother of Under-16s player Brandon Bonser, managed to raise the funds by holding a pyjama party in her village.
Thanks to her fundraising, the players will now benefit from a new training kit. The money will also be used towards the running costs of the team.
Kath said: “I decided to hold a themed charity fundraiser for the club and the pyjama party was a really good way of doing that. We had many prizes donated for the raffle including a Sheffield Wednesday signed shirt and match tickets. Thanks to everyone who attended and help raise so much!”
Matt Bray, Social Inclusion Manager for the Community Programme, said: “This is an exceptional amount of money raised to support the team and will help our disability programme grow over the next year. Thanks again, Kath. The donation is very much appreciated.”
The team were treated to a matchday experience at the Middlesbrough game where they played the Middlesbrough Community Programme, waved the flag and enjoyed the half time walk around the pitch.
New players are welcome to attend the disability Under-16s training sessions (open to players between 11-16). The session takes place every Saturday (term time) 11.15-12.15pm at Hillsborough College. The team is now expanding and fielding an Under-13s team.
All interested players should contact the community office for more information firstname.lastname@example.org