Footballers in Marie Curie kit with team mascot

Marie Curie given a cash boost after fundraising effort

Posted 29 September 2014 9:13 AM by Mark Round

Generous supporters of Walsall Football Club helped raise nearly £2,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care during a special event to mark HomeServe’s recent donation of £1.5m to the charity.

Those attending the match between Walsall FC and Preston North End on 13th September dug deep and raised money for the charity through bucket collections and donations via text message.

To mark the occasion, supporters also had the opportunity to bid for a unique piece of Walsall FC memorabilia with special yellow shirts auctioned online that raised nearly £1,200 for the cause.

The shirts were signed and then worn by the Walsall FC team in the pre-match warm-up.

HomeServe’s Charity Champion Claire Barlow, who attended the match, said: “The atmosphere on the day was incredible. We’re so grateful for all of the money raised and it is a testament to the kind-hearted people that work in the Black Country that we’re able to raise such a wonderful amount to help such a worthy cause.”

HomeServe recently announced that it has extended its partnership with Marie Curie for a further three years and donated £1.5m to the charity.

Marie Curie has been supported by HomeServe since the partnership launched in 2010. Marie Curie Nurses provide free hands-on care and support for people who are terminally ill and their families, in their own homes and the charity’s hospices.

Marie Curie Corporate Account Manager Sarah Doyle, who attended the match, added: “HomeServe has shown such incredible enthusiasm over the last four years and should be extremely proud of its achievement. The celebration at Walsall was a wonderful sign that the enthusiasm and passion for Marie Curie is set to continue.”

Walsall FC Chief Executive Stefan Gamble added: “We’re delighted that we could play a part in helping to raise even more money for Marie Curie and of course, we’re grateful for the way our supporters backed the cause. Our supporters are not only passionate about the Club but generous in equal measure when it comes to charity and we’d like to thank them for their support.”