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Ex-Players Donate To Charity

Posted: Wed 27 Jun 2012
Author: BWFC Staff

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The Former Players Association distribute vital money to a number of charities and organisations

The Bolton Wanderers Former Players Association held their annual cheque presentation on Wednesday evening at the Reebok Stadium, distributing vital funds to a selection of charities.

A series of fund-raising events over the last 12 months held by the former players helped raise a substantial amount of money that was handed over by club legends Roy Hartle and Syd Farrimond.

Other former players and staff from down the years in attendance included the likes of John Thomas, Fred Hill, Wyn Davies, Gary Henshaw, Alex Smith, Stan Walker, Jim Conway, Steve Walton and secretary of the committee Albert Lord.

"It was a good event," Albert explained. "It was pleasing to see such a good turnout, particularly from the former players.

"And of course to see how much the money we've raised means to the charities is nice. There was a lot of children there and they seemed to enjoy the presentation, as well as getting the chance to meet Lofty the Lion.

"It's something we do every year. Previously we've given money to a range of organisations, one of which was Kevin Davies' KiDs of Bolton charity."

The designated charities selected by the committee of the Former Players Association were as follows:

Wipe Your Tears - Charity supporting sick and terminally ill children
http://www.wipeyourtears.org.uk/
Wipe Your Tears

Bolton Smiley Faces - A Down's Syndrome support ground
http://www.boltonsmileyfaces.org.uk/
Bolton Smiley Faces

Bolton Children's Opportunity Group - Supporting children with learning difficulties and disabilities
http://cgv.awardspace.co.uk/cog/about.html
Bolton COGS

CRY - Cardiac risk in the young
http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/
CRY

Bolton Kidz2Gether - Support for autism and autistic spectrum disorders
http://www.kidz2gether.org.uk/
Bolton Kidz2Gether

The committee also donated a selection of the money to the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund, someone who many of the former players had a close relationship with.

Club Chaplain Phil Mason collected the cheque on behalf of the Fund.

"For the former players to donate money to the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund is a wonderful gesture," Phil explained. "And it's quite apt given that the majority of them will have worked with Nat at some point in their respective careers."

Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund