An overview of the club's community exploits throughout the month of September
With the 2014/15 season well and truly underway, Wanderers’ presence in and around the local community was as evident as ever come September.
A charity with whom the club have maintained a strong relationship with for many years, the month of September saw four first team players take time out of their schedules to spend an afternoon at Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Based in Euxton near to the club’s first team training ground, the organisation is renowned throughout the region for being at the forefront of providing children’s palliative and respite care.
And in support of that, Darren Pratley, Craig Davies, Andrew Lonergan and Oscar Threlkeld headed over to the facility after training to spend time with the children, a selection of whom have a life-shortening illness, and their families.
Alongside enjoying games of FIFA with the youngsters, the quarter also enjoyed a spot of finger painting as part of the residents’ activities.
As the month headed towards its conclusion, the club were able to show their support on a national scale to an organisation who directly supports servicemen and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight while serving the country in Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.
Formerly known as The British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, the charity have been in existence following the World War I and have continued to support veterans since.
The charity exists to empower and promote the welfare and wellbeing of all serving and ex-service men and women who may have rehabilitative needs post limb loss, while they are also committed to supporting surviving partners and dependents of deceased military personnel.
In light of this and with 2014 marking the centenary year of the outbreak of WWI, Wanderers moved to support Blesma in the form of a military green limited edition third shirt, with £10 from the sale of each being donated directly to the organisation.
Coupled with the specially designed shirt, the club were also able to designate the Whites’ home clash with Derby County on Saturday 27 September to supporting the charity in the form of coverage in the matchday programme, a bucket collection and other activities.
For more information on Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, please visit blesma.org.