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MAN v FAT raise over a phenomenal £9,500 for children with a disability at the bet365 Stadium


  • Man v Fat raise £9,500 for Caudwell Children.
  • The Crewe MAN v FAT football team organised a charity football match that took place at the bet365 stadium.
  • Children with a disability and their families were invited to watch the match during a Short Breaks session.

On Saturday 3rd June, 32 members of the Crewe MAN v FAT football team took part in a charity match to raise funds for Caudwell Children at the bet365 Stadium based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Players raised over £9,500 to support the children’s charity, where every penny will go directly towards changing the lives of autistic children and children with a disability across the UK.

The team selected Caudwell Children as their chosen charity because many of the players involved have a personal connection with autism or are autistic themselves.

Aaron Waywell helped to organise the football match alongside Dave Bourne and said “We recognise that autism is an underfunded part of society and how so many people go through life without getting a diagnosis, reaching adulthood and always wondering why am I different? Why don’t I have the same friendships as other people? Raising money like this allows us to go and fund that part of society and helps people to answer those questions earlier allowing them better opportunities and integration into society.”

MAN v FAT Football is a unique network of weight loss football clubs across the UK, exclusively for men who have a BMI of 27.5 or over. Players can score goals both on the pitch and off the pitch, as weight loss progress directly impacts your team’s performance.

Aaron added “It’s absolutely unbelievable to be playing at the bet365 stadium and seeing people in the stands. Everyone playing today is from MAN v FAT Crewe and have been on their own weight loss and mental health journey and it’s really important and a huge reward at the end of the season to come and play on a pitch like this.”

Children and their families were also invited to watch the football match as part of a Short Breaks session which Caudwell Children run every Saturday for autistic children and children with a disability living in Staffordshire and Cheshire East. Children are able to develop their skills, find new interests, while making friends with other children with similar needs.

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children said “I can’t thank MAN v FAT enough for choosing Caudwell Children as their chosen charity and raising a fantastic £9,500 for us. This amount of money is truly life-changing and will help us to continue providing services for children with a disability and their families. All children deserve to have the best opportunities they can and because of generous people like the MAN V FAT football team, many children across the UK will have access to those opportunities.”

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