Saturday saw Hereford FC launch an appeal to try and help Hereford Hospital Children’s Ward raise £8,000 towards a piece of interactive sensory play equipment.
Throughout December the club will hold a number of fundraising initiatives, including bucket collections and coffee mornings as well as asking for donations when fans purchase tickets online.
The club will also be auctioning off some limited edition items via the clubs’ ebay account, including a Rob Purdie ‘Wembley’ shirt , and exclusive prints donated by the team of matchday photographers at Edgar Street.
The ‘magic carpet’ will give children of all abilities the chance to relax and play whilst spending time on the ward.
On top of the fundraising initiative, Hereford FC welcomed 12 year old Kyle Sissons as special guest to Edgar Street on Saturday. Kyle was nominated by staff on the ward as being a patient who deserved a treat for his positive attitude whilst spending time on the ward.
Kyle enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the dressing rooms ahead of kick off, before leading both teams out onto the pitch, carrying the match ball out to the centre circle.
Members of the Hereford FC playing staff and management will also visit the Children’s Ward in the days before Christmas to spend some time with the children and to hand out some Hereford FC gifts.
Stacy Edwards, Play Specialist on the Children’s Ward said “we’re delighted that Hereford FC will once again be visiting us again this year. Their visit last year really helped to make things a lot easier for the children and parents on the ward, and we’re already excited about their visit again this year.
“We’re also pleased and amazed that they have gone a step further and offered to try and help raise some much needed funds for us. The magic carpet is a fantastic piece of interactive play equipment that is suitable for any child’s development and ability.
“I know that the magic carpet would make a lot of children very happy and really help change their hospital experience for the better.”
Hereford fans dug deep into their pockets to support another local charity recently. Over £2,000 was raised in total for the Poppy Appeal in Herefordshire thanks to a bucket collection and auction of home shirts with the Poppy emblem on them, which the players wore during two games in November.
Source: Hereford FC