“My next door neighbour lost his mother-in-law to cancer towards the end of 2013, and he was amazed at the support given by various cancer charities. He mentioned that maybe we could resurrect the charity blog idea we first introduced a few years back to raise a few bob for a local cancer charity.
After a few days of research we decided that “Maggie’s”, based in the Nottingham City Hospital campus looked a very worthy cause. They offer care and support not only to the patient, but to relatives as well – all funded by public money.
The format of fund-raising we came up with was to donate £0.25 for every goal scored at games we attend, with 0-0 draws at £1.00. When I mentioned this to A. N. Wallis Sales director Mark Rimmington, he said that the company would be willing to match whatever Kev and I raised. Great news – and this meant that our initial target of around £250.00 would have to be raised to £325.00.
So with the thoughts of £0.75 per goal in our minds, we began the money chase in July with the customary pre-season friendlies, and despite being out of action for the majority of December, we ended the season with 130 games watched and 533 goals counting towards the charity.
The highest scoring game was Ilkeston FC U21 14-0 Newark Town U21 – but remarkably we ended up with only two goal-less games out of the 130!
We were delighted with the support from our friends in the non-league football community – a total of £426.75 was received – and along with Wallis, Kev’s and my contributions of £138.00 each, we ended the season on May 17th with a fantastic total of £850.00.
We went to “Maggie’s” to present a cheque on May 26th – and when you actually see first-hand the terrific work that is carried out at the centre, it makes the hard work over the past 10 months seem worthwhile.”