Charity nets four figure sum thanks to Crewe Alexandra legends
Caudwell Children, has netted a four figure sum following a fundraising football match between a team of former Crewe Alexandra legends and North West Counties Football league outfit, Sandbach United.
The fiercely contested game, which featured appearances from the former England international and West Ham United star Dean Ashton, and the ex-Manchester United starlet Nick Powell, saw the Alex legends slump to a 5-4 defeat.
Over 1,000 spectators enjoyed the game, played in humid and muggy conditions at United’s Hind Heath Road ground. Thanks to those who attended Caudwell Children received £1,247.
Andrew Timms, Chairman of Sandbach United, is delighted by the sum raised and says the club will continue to support the charity. He said: “This is the second year that we have raised vital funds for Caudwell Children and the bumper crowd boosted the charity coffers. As an FA Charter Standard Community Club, with over 600 members; we’re looking forward to working with Caudwell Children on other exciting projects in the future. Reaching Community Club status means that we are committed to extending and improving the provision of football to all, and this includes developing our disability football section.”
The game was great value for the fans, which included two Caudwell Children beneficiaries, Dylan Kelsall, aged 13, and 15-year-old Owen Rollason.
The pair, from Stoke-on-Trent, were invited as guests of the club and Sam Walker, Senior Events Coordinator at Caudwell Children, said that it was a great day out for the two teenagers. She said: “Dylan is a star of wheelchair football and regularly turns out for St George’s Knights in the national league. As you would expect he was delighted to meet the likes of Dean Ashton and have his photograph taken with him.
Oliver is a huge Stoke City fan but he really enjoyed seeing Nick Powell, who’s just left Manchester United to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers, exhibiting his skills. We can’t thank Sandbach United and the Alex legends enough for raising this cash. It will enable the charity to deliver therapies, treatments, specialist equipment and short breaks to disabled children and young people in Sandbach, Crewe, and the surrounding area.”