Wolds Wanderers raise almost £1,000 for British Heart Foundation!

Charity raffle raises money for the British Heart Foundation as part of ‘Go Red For Heart’ month

A few weeks ago, Wolds Wanderers Walking FC in Market Rasen held a charity raffle to raise money for the British Heart Foundation as part of ‘Go Red For Heart’ month - and raised close to £1,000! They auctioned off football shirts, balls, and a vintage ball signed by Liverpool legend – Sir Kenny Dalglish.

Before the raffle, the players took part in a game of walking football no Market Rasen Leisure Centre’s excellent 3G pitches. 

Wolds Wanderers Walking FC was set up for enjoyment and social engagement, and one of the club’s aims is to promote physical well-being. Most of their players are in their 60s and have health issues, but three players are notable. 

One player, Ian Lang, had a diabetes diagnosis reversed due to losing so much weight after playing Walking Football. Another, Trevor Hall, has played football after having a heart transplant. Andy Shaw, a local hero, saved a player’s life after Roley Thompson’s suffered a cardiac arrest. 

Fortunately, Andy was a paramedic and was able to administer CPR.

The club were later presented with a brand-new portable defibrillator that was kindly sponsored by Tony Fenton and Sons, which was then followed up with the fundraiser which was overseen by Cllr Stephen Bunney. 

Melanie Meik, Fundraising Manager for Lincolnshire & Rutland at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Sometimes words fail me. Today I met the most incredible people impacted by heart and circulatory diseases. Trevor had a heart transplant, Roley was a survivor or cardiac arrest because Andy saved his life, and Ian reversed his diabetes diagnosis through playing walking football.

“We had the donation of a defibrillator from Tony Fenton & Sons Wealth Management Ltd for the Wolds Wanderers Walking FC too.

“Football is about community, and in this community – the people are truly wonderful! What a great community event for Heart Month and our British Heart Foundation and Lincolnshire Football Association partnership.”

Lincolnshire FA would like to congratulate Wolds Wanderers Walking FC for raising so much money that will go straight towards life-saving research into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. 

You can still take part in #HeartMonth for British Heart Foundation.