Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to confirm that over £1000 was raised in support of Fatboys Children’s Cancer Charity this weekend, as our Development and U18 players took part in two separate mid-season friendly games, against neighbours Highworth Town Reserves and Faringdon Town on Saturday.
With players, coaches and supporters alike getting involved in the two events, both games saw donations made in support of the clubs chosen charity in games that saw Highworth emerge victors 3-2 at Barrington Park while over in Faringdon, the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Speaking about the two events, Community Liaison Officer Kevin Hegg said: “It was a fantastic day all round and on behalf of Shrivenham Football Club, I’d like to thank our friends from Highworth and Faringdon for both agreeing to contribute to the event and entering the spirit of our Christmas Jumper Game.
“I’d also like to thank all the fans who came along and made generous donations as well as to our sponsors at the Hop Kettle Brewery, who donated the bottles of Hoops which we were able to give to everyone who wore a Christmas Jumper to the game. As well as the funding that was raised on the day [£900], we also had £140 donated via our online efforts from when our First Team game against Fairford Town was postponed so Sally [club Treasurer Sally Hirst] will be able to hand over £1040 to Fatboys which is just amazing so we’d like to send a massive thanks to all those involved.”
Speaking on behalf of the charity, Mike Rees posted on the Fatboys Facebook page on Sunday: “Massive thanks to Keving Hegg, Shrivenham FC, Highworth FC and Faringdon FC for over £1000 raised for Fatboys yesterday.”
With the uhlsport Hellenic League 2 South game between Shrivenham Development and Highworth Town Reserves being postponed due to Covid restrictions, both sides quickly agreed to meet in a friendly game so as the planned fundraising activities could still go ahead, while Faringdon Town were keen to play a part and hosted a mixed team of our Development and U18 players and also get involved in supporting the charities efforts.
Concluding Kevin said: “As our chosen charity for this season and next, Fatboys is very close to our hearts and the work that they do is amazing. You only have to look at the messages of appreciation that they get from families on their Facebook page to see how the Christmas presents they provide, bring a little bit of happiness and comfort to children who are suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at this difficult time of year. What these children and their families are going through is often heart breaking, so we can’t thank everyone who helped support this years Christmas Jumper Game enough, but just know that each and every one of you played a part in bringing a little bit of happiness and it was our privilege to put the event on.”
The next big Fatboys challenge will be when the club hosts neighbours Fairford Town in the uhlsport Hellenic Premier League – date yet to be arranged following its original postponement, so keep an eye on our website for future announcements.
You can find out more about Fatboys, by visiting their website at fatboyscharity.co.uk or looking them up on Facebook [Fatboys Charity].