Wetherby Tigers in charity cash boost

NAWN 111028 Martin House cheque presentation. Members of the Wetherby under 9's football team and football legend Danny Mills present  of Martin House with a cheque to the value of �300 . (111028AM)
NAWN 111028 Martin House cheque presentation. Members of the Wetherby under 9's football team and football legend Danny Mills present of Martin House with a cheque to the value of �300 . (111028AM)

Wetherby youngsters have raised £300 in cash for children and young people with terminal illnesses.

Martin House Children’s Hospice has seen the cash boost from Wetherby Tigers under nines football team after a cheque was presented to them last week.

The youngsters teamed up with the hospice in a unique shirt sponsorship deal.

The cheque which was presented at Wetherby Sports Association last Friday, and will now go towards supporting children and young people with terminal illnesses at the hospice.

Coach Peter Hall said: “We are proud to promote the cause of Martin House when we play our games.

“In our own small way, it means we can put something back into the community at the same time as enjoying our football.”

Chief fundraiser and bun seller Ian Brotheridge said the money had been raised in a variety of ways.

He said: “At our games we sell some much needed refreshments to players and parents. Week by week, through the hard work and dedication of our parents, we’ve accumulated £300 which we are delighted to present to such a deserving cause today.”

Martin House community fundraiser for West Yorkshire, Sarah Tarpey, said that it was a fantastic achievement that the team has raised so much.

She said: “This is brilliant. Currently our running costs are over £4.6 million each year, of which less than 12 per cent comes from statutory sources.

“As such we are hugely dependent upon the generosity of people like the Wetherby Tigers in order to run our vital services.

“We are delighted to have their support and proud for them to display our logo in support of the children and families at Martin House.

“Thank you so much to Peter Hall, all the boys and their families for making this possible.”

Presenting the cheque on behalf of the team, former Leeds United player and Radio Five presenter, Danny Mills said: “It is fantastic to see local grass roots football developing such great ideas and with such a sense of social responsibility.

“I take my hat off to the Wetherby club for leading the way.

“Hopefully others, including more of our professional players and clubs, can follow Wetherby’s lead.”