Bolton Wanderers' Chairman Sharon Brittan, along with 48 other fundraisers, completed a 20 mile fundraising walk at the weekend - raising over £25,000 to support Bolton Wanderers in the Community’s mental health provision.
Supported by fellow club Director Nick Luckock and club CEO Neil Hart, the group departed the University of Bolton Stadium early on the morning of Saturday 11th December, aiming to reach the Wham Stadium ahead of Wanderers’ fixture against Accrington Stanley later that day.
The route took the walkers across Bolton and Astley Bridge, through Egerton, Darwen and Oswaldtwistle before eventually arriving in Accrington ahead of kick off, as planned.
Wanderers’ Club Chairman Sharon Brittan said: “I felt exhausted but exhilarated. It was an incredible day and to see 50 or so fans join us and talk with them along the way about so many different subjects was incredible.
“It’s what we came here to do; have fun, doing good, having an impact and raising money and helping people with mental health issues, which are very close to my heart – mental health and mental well-being.
“Everything we want to be at Bolton is about togetherness, the right people, doing the right things in the right way and having an impact in the community.
“These are events we want to do that you start to feel you’re impacting on people’s lives in a positive way and everything about that makes me happy.
“Bolton Wanderers in the Community is really important to me. Our Community (department) here is amazing and to layer in (CEO) Neil Hart with all his experience and the skillset he has makes me really believe we can go on and so some really good work for and within the community of Bolton.
“I’m totally humbled by the amount of money that’s been raised. It’s an extraordinary amount and I can’t wait to see where the money goes and the impact that has on people’s lives.
“I’m really looking forward to following the journey of the money we’ve raised.”
Phil Mason, Chief Executive Officer of Bolton Wanderers in the Community said: “We want to offer a huge thank you to everyone that took part in the Chairman’s walk on Saturday.
“We cannot thank them all enough for being willing to take part in such a challenge and helping raise an incredible amount of money towards the mental health work of Bolton Wanderers in the Community.”
Sharon’s JustGiving page remains open for those who would like to make a donation to support the efforts of the fundraisers. Her page can be found here.
Bolton Wanderers in the Community would like to thank Accrington Stanley Community Trust for their support of the event and warm welcome at the Wham Stadium.
For further information on the charity’s projects, you can also contact BWitC’s Richard Slater on 07872 569 365.
Watch Sharon's interview in FULL below: