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Community review: January

Posted: Tue 03 Jun 2014
Author: @ENorris_BWFC

A review of Wanderers' community exploits in January

Stuart Holden kicked off Wanderers’ community visits in 2014 by visiting the club’s Bolton Central retail outlet to meet and greet supporters prior to Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship game against Middlesbrough on New Year's Day.

The USA international was on hand to sign autographs and memorabilia whilst also taking time out to talk with supporters present and pose for photographs.

Elsewhere, Jay Spearing and Zat Knight spent an evening at the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association for their January social.

The pair began the event by taking questions from the floor in a Q&A session before fans were given the chance to meet and greet the duo.

After signing autographs and posing for photographs, the evening was rounded off with a raffle.

January also saw the club raise awareness for both Parkinson’s UK and Winston’s Wish, two charities which Wanderers have worked closely with throughout the course of the season.

The club used the first team’s clash with Nottingham Forest on January 11 to raise awareness for both charities, with bucket collections held alongside information offered to supporters on each organisation.

Finally, Sky Sports News presenter Charlie Webster visited the Reebok Stadium en route to completing her recent Big Challenge to raise funds for Women’s Aid.

Having ran a total of 250 miles between Sunday 26 January and Saturday February 1, Charlie stopped off at BL6 on Tuesday 28 January – one of 40 football clubs which she visited across the country.

A challenge which aimed to encourage football clubs, players and fans to unite in the fight against domestic violence, her incredible efforts raised almost £59,000.

Donations are still being taken, with those wishing to sponsor her needing to visit www.justgiving.com/charliesbigchallenge.