England player Harry Maguire's signed shirt to be auctioned in Bolsover FC's fundraiser for hospice

Bolsover Football Club is backing a charity which supports children, young adults and their families through the toughest of times.

Monday, 5th November 2018, 7:57 am
Updated Monday, 5th November 2018, 12:03 pm
Bolsover FC manager Benjamin Thomas, club treasurer Christie OConnor, and Lucy Rathbone (Community Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood).

Club chairman Ben Thomas was inspired to help Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice after a visit to its North Anston site.

The club, which shares a ground with Shirebrook Town FC, is planning an Elf Dash at Poolsbrook Country Park on December 16 at 2pm and auction of football merchandise, including a shirt signed by England player Harry Maguire.

Ben said: “Working with children is something close to my heart. I and my partner Christie, who is the club’s treasurer, have worked in care homes and special needs schools for nearly a decade. Other committee members at the club also do jobs that help to improve outcomes for children.

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“We try to raise funds for Bluebell Wood at every home game through raffles and scratch cards.

“We fundraised for Bluebell Wood at the school I work at, so I decided to go and visit. The staff were so friendly. You could see they fully immerse themselves in the children and their families’ lives.”