Footy club nets cash to support families in need

Steve Frost, of Wilpshire Wanderers, and Emma Venn, of CANW.
Steve Frost, of Wilpshire Wanderers, and Emma Venn, of CANW.
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A generous junior football club has raised more than £700 in aid of a charity which helps some of the area’s most vulnerable people.

Parents and supporters of Wilpshire Wanderers, a club for players under 16, gathered for their annual sportspersons’ dinner to raise money for Child Action North West, which supports families in need across the region.

More than 300 guests attended the dinner, which is the club’s annual fundraising event.

It’s the fourth time the club has chosen to support CANW, having donated £500 to the charity from their 2016 event.

Steve Frost, chairman of Wilpshire Wanderers, said: “We’re delighted so many of the club’s supporters were able to join us for the sportspersons’ dinner and to donate to CANW.

“The charity is local to us, and as a club which works closely with young people we were keen to support a charity which does so much to help children in and around Blackburn. CANW does fantastic work with families in the area, and it was great to be able to support them.”

Sue Cotton, CEO of Child Action Northwest, said: “We’re very grateful to Wilpshire Wanderers and their supporters for such a generous donation. The money raised will help to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers across Blackburn with Darwen."