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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Football legends raise thousands for disabled youngsters

Five local football legends took on some exciting challenges at the Anderton Centre in Chorley to raise funds for disabled youngsters.

Ex-footballer ‘Super’ John McGinlay led his team to victory over Tony ‘Zico’ Kelly in the teambuilding contest which included orienteering, climbing and raft-building, to raise money for Children Today, a charity which helps children and young people up to the age of 25 with disabilities enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need.

Children Today teamed up with charity run Anderton Centre as it was the perfect venue, containing all the facilities required such as the range of activities, catering and accommodation for the participants.

The teams were awarded points depending on how well they did in each event and those points went towards purchasing equipment to build a raft. The teams then raced their rafts and the winners were declared the overall champions.

Elizabeth Oakes, Regional Fundraising Manager at Children Today, who was part of John McGinlay’s winning side commented, “The fundraising event was part of the ongoing partnership between Children Today and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). All of the competitors were amazing throughout the competition. There were a lot of events and activities involved that took everyone out of their comfort zones. That is what teamwork is all about — encouraging and helping each other. John was superb as team captain and was a real inspiration to us all.”

The event took place over a whole weekend and participants were treated to a fantastic evening by the Anderton Centre including campfires, barbeques and generally lots of fun! They also slept in the centre’s residential facilities so were up and raring to go the next morning! The weekend ended with a celebration dinner where the Challenge Cup winners were announced on Sunday evening.

Sarah Pattison, Business Manager from the Anderton Centre said, “We were thrilled to be involved in such an inspirational and worthwhile event. Our aim is to provide access to everyone so they can enjoy the outdoors and this event enabled us to do just that. We look forward to welcoming Children Today and the PFA to our Centre again.”



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