Premiership footballing dads fundraising
Wednesday, 01 March 2006
Bolton School Nursery has raised £1,861.05 for Baby Lifeline, the National Mother and Baby charity that helps to provide equipment for maternity and special care baby units and also provides specialist training for maternity healthcare professionals.
The money was raised during a charity football event held at the nursery during National Mother and Baby Week. Baby Lifeline had challenged nurseries and schools across the UK to hold events as part of an annual fundraising event called 'The Little People's Great Big Party'. Bolton School Nursery raised the second largest amount and received a prize of a basket of toys.
The day included a sponsored dribble and a penalty shootout for the nursery's children, followed by a five-a-side game between fathers. Some dads were left reeling when they saw the opposition. Premiership footballing dads from the nursery included Bolton Wanderers' Kevin Davies and ex-Wanderers' Jay Jay Okocho and Radhi Jaidi as well as England and Everton player, Phil Neville. Bolton Wanderers' mascot, Lofty the Lion helped kick off the event. More money was raised through the auctioning of football boots and shirts signed by the above players and Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
The money raised by Bolton School Nursery and other nurseries who took part from the North-West, will be used by Baby Lifeline to buy equipment for the new Children's Hospital in Manchester, which is due to be completed in 2009. Phil Neville and his wife, Julie are patrons of The New Children's Hospital Appeal.