A fund raising event at Padiham on Saturday in memory of one of their supporters raised almost £8000 for charity.
The club had organised the event around the home game with Runcorn Town as their inaugural ‘Simmy Day’, which was set up as a celebration of the life of one of their supporters, Martin ‘Simmy’ Simms, who passed away in October.
The proceeds from the event will be split between Pendleside Hospice in Burnley, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Padiham Media Officer Rob Moss explained: “Simmy passed away after a three year battle with cancer, which he’d managed to beat twice, but not a third time.
“He was an avid Padiham and Burnley supporter and a founder member of ‘The Padiham Pirates’, a group of supporters who’ve taken it upon their own backs to raise funds for the club and for local charities.
“They’re doing a fantastic job, and as well as paying for a load of ground improvements they’ve sponsored the new cover over the tea bar area.
“Simmy was a father of two boys, Liam and Oliver, the former being part of Padiham U18s team.
“To celebrate “Simmy Day” the club played host to popular local band band ‘Aspire’ in a post-match evening event, compered by matchday announcer Gareth Birchall, with a raffle and charity auction.
“Burnley legend Roger Eli unveiled “Simmy’s Bench” at the ground before kick-off, which is located alongside the clubhouse, and Burnley-born Southampton and England forward Jay Rodriguez donated his signed boots to help raise funds.
“Padiham’s biggest crowd of the season witnessed a thrilling match and late equaliser from the home team, with both sets of supporters raising almost £8000. Proceeds from the day are being split between Macmillan and Pendleside Hospice, who both helped Simmy immensely during his illness”.