Chorley charity High Five awarded cash from Bolton Wanderers

A Chorley charity which provides activities for disabled children and their families has been given a £10,000 cash windfall by a North West football club.

Friday, 16th June 2017, 3:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 3:19 pm
Bolton Wanderers present a cheque for 10,000 to Chorley charity High Five: Andy Whittle, of Bolton Wanderers, with Helen Connolly (High 5), Peter Conroy, Lorraine Jenkins (High 5), Mike Connolly, Nannette Holliday (High 5) and Andrew Dean

Bolton Wanderers’ competition committee raised £10,000 for its chosen charity, High Five, during the Hospital Cup tournament.During the course of the tournament, bucket collections were held and each team made a donation to High Five, which is run by volunteer parents, providing activities for children with severe learning and physical disabilities and their families. Nannette Holliday, a trustee with High Five, said: “We’ll be able to make such a difference over the next 12 months with this money.“Over the six-week holidays, that really isn’t ideal and when you’ve got a severely disabled child, you rarely get to do things as a family.“We try and keep everyone together though and have a range of activities that everybody can enjoy from days out to picnics in village halls. It is often easier to stay at home when you have a child with disabilities, but we don’t want that.“Our costs vary, but this money will mean that so many people can benefit from our help.“It’s hard as a small charity to raise money and we really enjoyed coming down to the Hospital Cup Final. The children got to come to a football match which many of them haven’t done before and it was just a brilliant experience to be a part of.“We had £2,000 for the summer which across all of the families doesn’t go very far at all, but this money will give us such an amazing platform to really grow as a charity.“We have a great team of volunteers and I’d like to thank everybody for their support.”Andrew Dean, promotions manager at Bolton Wanderers, said: “It’s fantastic to hand over such a large sum of money to High Five. We always look for charities which aren’t as high profile as some and High Five were perfect. They have put a tremendous amount of effort into the competition this season and they’ve been rewarded with an amazing donation to the organisation."For more information on High Five, visit www.high5lancashire.com.