Bolton Wanderers donate £12,800 to Blesma, The Limbless Veterans

Club pay a visit to the charity's Blackpool centre to hand over final cheque following season of fundraising

Bolton Wanderers recently presented Blesma, The Limbless Veterans with a cheque for £12,800.

The club’s national charity partners for the 2014/15 campaign, Wanderers worked with the organisation during the course of last season, supporting them via various fundraising activities.

Money which was raised with the sales of the Whites’ limited edition military green third choice shirt alongside a bucket collection prior to the visit of Derby County to Macron Stadium in September, the club wore the specially designed shirt for a number of Sky Bet Championship fixtures throughout the campaign.

And with the curtain having been brought down on Wanderers’ domestic exploits early last month, Phil Mason, Head of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, alongside Community Ambassador Tony Kelly paid a visit to Blesma’s centre in Blackpool last week at the charity's annual Garden Party to hand over the final cheque.

Speaking following the event, Phil Mason said: “It was wonderful to be part of the celebrations for Blesma Week at the Blackpool Home last week, and we were delighted to present a cheque to go towards the magnificent work of Blesma. 

"Blesma was our chosen charity for the season as we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of WWI - the partnership for the past twelve months has been very significant to us and we have built up lasting relationships with a great charity.”

Blesma's Barry Le Grys said: “Blesma is tremendously grateful to Bolton Wanderers Football Club - the fans, players and the staff have all been hugely supportive.  

"The experience has been delightful and our veterans feel truly valued. The club and Blesma both have strong ties to WWI, and the 2014/15 season commemoration partnership has been a privilege.” 

More information on Blesma can be found by visiting their website at

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