A junior football club has raised £850 for a cancer charity which helped one of its team.
Castleford Town Golds U12s staged a charity raffle for Candlelighters at Leeds General Infirmary during its presentation night.
Manager Roger Newbould, 39, said: “We chose this charity as we already have links due to Tyler Lynch, son of coach Andy Lynch, who was a regular visitor to Candlelighters while he was under treatment for leukaemia six years ago and who still has an annual check up there. Tyler is now fully fit and well and plays every week for his beloved team.”
The club, which normally stages a raffle for club funds, decided to turn to charity after being the beneficiary of a generous donation from Castleford Neighbourhood Police Team last year.
They contacted local businesses for prizes and were given a signed Shane Warne cricket top, a signed Sir Geoff Hurst England shirt, and a signed framed photo of Leeds United legend Allan Clarke. These were auctioned off.
The Golds also received a generous £200 donation from Knottingley firm Siniat Ltd to bolster the charity pot.
The club has handed over a cheque to Candlelighters and been on a tour of the ward.
Mr Newbould added: “By just spending one hour on the ward it really makes you realise how close to home this really is. To visibly see the donated money at work is fantastic. And to have achieved this by our kids helping other kids makes everyone at the club feel very proud and privileged.”
He thanked all the businesses that supported them and added: “A massive thank you to the players and their families for helping support us and making this happen.
“Both myself and Andy feel very proud to hand over the money raised on behalf of the Castleford Town Golds football team to such a worth while charity”.