Bolton Wanderers’ official charity, Bolton Wanderers in the Community, hosted a successful business breakfast and community showcase event to mark the charity's re-launch.
The day commenced with a breakfast meeting for local businesses, followed by a showcase event for the wider community, supported by partners of the charity, that highlighted the diverse, extensive and important work that is carried out by the charity every day across Bolton.
In the last year, Bolton Wanderers in the Community has supported over 15,000 Bolton residents across 33 different projects and continues to support some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the Bolton community.
Check out the charity's relaunch video here.
A key focus of work this year has centered on supporting local people with their mental health and wellbeing – one of the many serious consequences of lockdowns and restrictions.
The charity’s mental health provision is addressing this directly, reaching out into the Bolton community to offer crucial support. Staff work with those hardest by the events of the past 18 plus months, including people who are unemployed, suffering from addiction and isolated senior citizens.
The event was opened up by Chief Executive Officer of Bolton Wanderers and Trustee of Bolton Wanderers in the Community, Neil Hart, who said “The club's board, Sharon (Brittan) and I are very committed to Bolton Wanderers in the Community, which is a hugely important part of the club.
“We want to have a vibrant, active, can-do community programme and we want to play our part in the town, working with children, schools, young people and residents who are facing a variety of challenges.
“In particular, we know what’s going on in the mental well-being space at the moment, coming out of the pandemic, and the challenges that has brought for everybody.
“Bolton Wanderers in the Community is certainly playing its part in being very active in tackling that problem and many other issues and we want to embrace that.
“While we are trying to run a sustainable and stable football club and take the club forward, doing good in the community is a key part of the board’s strategy.
“Sharon and I want to be involved in that and there’s no greater demonstration of that than us walking 20 miles to Accrington Stanley next Saturday.
“That’s something we’re looking forward to. The walk has already raised a five-figure sum and I would urge supporters and stakeholders to get behind us and support us by visiting the Just Giving page and please make a donation if they can.”
Chief Executive Officer of Bolton in the Community, Phil Mason, said: “It was a fantastic day and I want to thank all those who came along to the business breakfast in the morning and those who dropped in during the day to see our work in the Community.
“It gave us the opportunity to showcase the great work that our club is engaged in throughout our town further evidence of being One Cub One Community One Town.
“My thanks must also go to all those that helped make the day happen and to the great team of staff in the Charity that are dedicated to making a difference and changing lives.”
To find out more about the work of Bolton Wanderers in the Community, click here.