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Teaming up to help children in the hospital

The footballers from Fleetwood Town Juniors at Alder Hey Hospital.

The footballers from Fleetwood Town Juniors at Alder Hey Hospital.

These kind-hearted youngsters pulled out all the stops to help sick children enjoy the festive season.

Fleetwood Town Juniors under-11s football team worked together to pull off their biggest fund-rasing effort to date.

They carried a host of sponsored events so they could buy presents to deliver to kids at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool.

They managed to raise £500 and turned up at the hospital with six bags stuffed full of gifts.

Club manager Phil Bowker said: “When we arrived the nurses were over the moon.

“They invited us in and took us on a tour round the wards and explained all of what they do and how this would make the children’s Christmas extra special.

“We had with six big bags of presents for babies, young toddlers, middle aged children and teenagers.

“One nurse said this is the first time that children have ever given presents to other children and she was really emotional.”

Over the last three months the team organised various events, including a five-mile sponsored run from the Marine Hall to Cleveleys and a three-mile walk through the Blackpool Illuminations.

Mr Bowker added: “I couldn’t be prouder of the team and they have represented the club and the juniors in a big way.

“In the last three years we have helped children less fortunate then ourselves, raising money for individual children, but this was to be our biggest task yet.

“We joined forces with our sponsor McDonalds and came up with an idea to help a whole group of children.”

Big effort needed to help that many sick children

Books, toys and games were all on the shopping list when the Fleetwood Town Juniors under 11s football team set out to buy presents for sick youngsters at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after their fund-raising efforts.

Manager Phil Bowker said: “With Christmas coming up we thought what is more appropriate then to buy the children presents?

“But for the amount of children on the wards it took a big effort from the young team to raise the amount of money needed to treat them all.”

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