Southport FC director Phil Hodgkinson has donated £1,000 to a campaign set up to save struggling Skelmersdale United.

United have been evicted from their Stormy Corner ground after failing to agree a new lease with owner Chequer Properties.

The club have arranged to fill the rest of this season’s fixtures at the home of Prescot Cables but will now face a huge loss of revenue as a result.

In a lengthy statement released on Tuesday, November 14, chairman Paul Griffiths said that Skem hoped to return to their home town for the start of next season but conceded that the club’s very future was ‘at risk’.

A crowdfunding campaign was quickly set up, asking for £10,000 to ensure ensure that Skem ‘can continue its existence with financial stability’.

Within a day of that being created, the club revealed it had received the generous offer from Hodgkinson – covering 10% of the total needed.

Hodgkinson, who also runs the Pure Legal Group, joined the Southport earlier this season and has quickly gone about a major process to modernise and progress the club.

He has also revealed ambitious plans for a major renovation of Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium.

The businessman did not reveal the donation himself, but responded to a message of thanks by writing: “Skem are a great club, and have been treated appallingly , will do whatever I can to help.”

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