Ex-England goalkeeper Gordon Banks is guest of Langho FC

Ray Grimshaw, chairman of Langho FC, presents one of the �250 cheques to Ian Hilcock, a trustee of the East Lancashire Hospice.
Ray Grimshaw, chairman of Langho FC, presents one of the �250 cheques to Ian Hilcock, a trustee of the East Lancashire Hospice.

MORE than 300 guests attended Langho Football Club’s annual sportsmans dinner at Ewood Park, where the guest speaker was former England goalkeeper and 1966 world cup winner Gordon Banks.

He entertained those present with stories about this career from its humble beginnings to becoming a world champion. This event is the major fund-raising activity for the club; the funds raised are used to develop facilities at the club to enable more than 250 adults and children to enjoy playing football.

Ray Grimshaw, chairman of Langho FC, said: “At Langho FC we recognise the importance of fund-raising and understand that at this time raising necessary funds is difficult. As a club we decided to try to offer some financial support to two charities and are very pleased to be able to support Action Duchenne and East Lancashire Hospice.”

Donations of £250 each were given to Action Duchenne – a charity that funds research in the hope of finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – and East Lancashire Hospice, which benefits the local population by providing care for people with life-limiting illness. Representatives from both charities visited the club’s training ground at the Rydings, Langho, to be presented with cheques.

Sharon Crymble, Fund-raising Manager of East Lancashire Hospice, said: “We are very grateful to Langho Football Club for their kind donation. Almost three years ago we became independent of the NHS and, as such, rely on the support of our local communities and groups such as Langho FC to help us to continue to offer a special way of caring.”

Esther Derber, fund-raiser for Action Duchenne (www.actionduchenne.org), commented: “Action Duchenne is very grateful and appreciative of the kind donation and ongoing support shown by Langho Football Club. Action Duchenne is the only national charity fighting for a cure or active treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Hope lies in research and medical science and support from local organisations like Langho FC allows us to continue to fund vital research to find a viable treatment.”

Duchenne is a severe progressive muscle-wasting disease leading to paralysis and early death. The average life expectancy for boys living with Duchenne is late teens or early 20s. There is currently no active treatment or cure for Duchenne.

Langho FC will continue to support this charity by showing the Action Duchenne logo on one of its team’s shirts.