Ashton Boys U11 football team were donated a sum of money by a member of the public and are now proudly wearing Childrens Hospice South West (CHSW) logo on their away kit.
The U11 team play in the Hanham Minor League who train at Greville Smyth Park and the mini park next to Compass Point School on South Street in Bedminster were in desperate need of funding for their team away kit.
Terry Hosier, a member of the local community had spotted team coach Kelly Hennessy out in all weathers drawing out the pitch lines at the teams main pitch at The Clanage, Bristol. Terry said: “I was so inspired by Kelly’s commitment to go out in all weathers to make sure the team had proper facilities I wanted to help and so I offered to pay for their much needed away kit.”
Terry is a long standing supporter of CHSW and agreed to print the charity’s logo on to the kits to raise awareness of the service they offer across the South West.
Coach, Kelly Hennessy, said: “We are truly grateful for the kind donation from Terry as his generosity has given the team a real boost and enabled us to purchase a pop-up goal for our training. To show appreciation the children made thank you cards for both Terry and the staff at CHSW.
Amanda Leonard, Area Fundraiser for CHSW said:
This was such an incredible example of the community coming together to help each other in lots of special ways. Terry has shown his support to encourage grass roots football in the community, the team get a fab new away kit and at the same time help to raise awareness of the charity.
“We rely on voluntary donations to continue to care for local children with life-limiting conditions and their families. As well as providing emergency and end of life care, we also provide precious respite for the whole family and a sibling service for brothers and sisters, which is a lifeline for so many.”
Bristol’s Charlton Farm hospice in Wraxall are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and have been professionally supporting families in the South West for over 30 years. Charlton Farm provide resilience stays, palliative care and end of life care for local children with life-limiting conditions. They journey with the children and their whole family, often from the point of diagnosis to the death of their child and still offer care services beyond bereavement.
The support of CHSW will continue as the team are looking forward to taking part in Santas on the run festive fun run on Sunday 10 December which will be at Charlton Farm, promising to be a very special christmas event.
We would welcome more support from the local community, if you have been inspired by this story and would like to support CHSW by perhaps arranging your own fundraisers or you are a community group that would like a representative from the charity come to and provide a talk please do get in with your local fundraiser.