Organisation use their recent corporate day, with support from David Lee and Tony Kelly, to raise funds for Ted Waring, a one-year-old who is currently battling a brain tumour
Yorkshire Bank PLC’s sponsored event at Macron Stadium on Thursday afternoon raised almost £500 towards the ‘For The Love Of Ted’ fund whilst fulfilling a number of dreams of playing on the club’s hallowed turf.
The 45 players involved were made up from local businesses, accountants, solicitors and Yorkshire Bank employees who all took part in a special game at Wanderers’ home ground, with the match itself being contested between Hardly Athletic FC and Berocca Juniors FC – the latter running out 4-3 winners come the final whistle.
The encounter was also supported by Wanderers’ Under-23s coach David Lee and Community Ambassador Tony Kelly, with the former Bolton players playing their part in proceedings.
Alongside following in the footsteps of the club’s first teamers however, Yorkshire Bank also used their visit to Macron Stadium to raise funds for Ted Waring, a one-year-old baby who is currently suffering with a cancerous brain tumour, with everybody involved donating just short of £500 to his Just Giving page.
Having been diagnosed at five-months old, the youngster is currently undergoing treatment but his story has been at the heart of Bolton Wanderers since his plight was brought to the fore last Christmas.
Defender David Wheater took part in a special event to surprise the Waring family – who are all Bolton fans - in association with Key 103 last Christmas, and since that point the club have hosted Ted, his parents and three brothers at the Whites’ Sky Bet League One game against Scunthorpe United.
Wheater himself has also kept the family close to his heart, spending time raising the profile of Ted’s fight and also encouraging fundraising for both the Warings and Childhood Cancer Awareness.
Speaking regarding their decision to show their support for the Warings, Paul Brady - Yorkshire Bank’s Director of Asset Based Lending – said, “We were delighted to have the opportunity to hold our corporate day at Macron Stadium and of course, support young Ted and his family.
“It’s a very good cause and one that’s very close to the football club and the local area as a whole. We’d heard about Ted’s story and when we wanted to find a cause to support financially, it really was a no brainer for us and everybody was so keen to help.
“We’re always looking to help worthy causes and hopefully the money raised will help the family and little Ted.”
Tony Kelly echoed Paul’s sentiments, saying, “It was great to get involved – as soon as myself and David were asked to play, we couldn’t wait to get out there.
“Everybody knows how much we love this town and the club, so to be able to get out there, have a bit of fun and raise some money for a lovely little boy is just fantastic.
“His story really has left a lasting effect on the club and of course, David Wheater. We just want to help as much as we can.”
David Lee meanwhile added, “Days like this of Yorkshire Bank’s really do bring fundraising and charities to the fore.
“Hopefully, with everybody who has come down to the game whether it be to watch or to play, they’ll have learnt about Ted’s story and will be inclined to spread the word and help to make life a little bit easier for the Warings during a very difficult time for them as a family.”