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Spurgeon’s Child Care were delighted to receive £1,150 from Field of Dreams recently as a result of the Football Aid game at Molineux last season. Through their Young Carer’s Project, Spurgeon’s works with nearly 100 young people aged 7-18 who have been identified as having significant caring responsibilities in the Wolverhampton community.  The grant will be used to furnish a room for young carers, allowing the organisation to replace old, second hand furniture to create a warm, welcoming and friendly environment where young people can come together and have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Wolverhampton Multi-Handicap Care and Relief Service used their grant of £1,000 in 2005 to provide school holiday care for disabled children and young people in the Careaway Club.

Mary Gittings, Honorary Secretary of the Care and Relief Service said, “On behalf of our Chairman, our staff and of all the families in our Membership, I wish to thank all concerned for the courtesy and care pervaded every aspect of our contact with representatives of Football Aid. This care ensured that our Charity received a grant that will be the means of providing  practical and much needed help for families with disabled children and also ensured a great deal of encouragement in our own efforts for our Charity.”

“Our Charity will further benefit from the very positive publicity generated through your gift allowing two of our young members to receive the cheque on Match Day on what was one of the best days (as fervent Wolves fans) of their lives and I am sure their joy at accepting the cheque on behalf of our charity was conveyed to all spectators. The warmest thanks from all of us.”

In addition, Wolverhampton Rhinos Wheelchair Basketball Club benefited from £1,200 in 2004, helping them develop the junior section of the team, covering hall hire, wheelchair purchase, travel costs and balls.

Dogs for the Disabled used their £1,013 grant to train a registered assistance dog, Tangle, for a young lady, Sophie Reilly, who needs assistance with practical everyday tasks such as opening doors, turning lights on and off and even taking washing out of the machine. Andrew Monk, Community Fundraising Co-ordinator recently got in touch with Football Aid to let us know how they are getting on. “Both are doing well, Sophie has settled down very well to life with Tangle and now cannot contemplate life without her faithful four-legged friend.  One of the jobs that Tangle is particularly good at is helping her to remove her coat when she’s comes back in after being out in the cold. This is something she finds very difficult to do as she has very limited upper body mobility. Without the support of Football Aid we would not have been able to place Sophie with Tangle and help another disabled person get on with living their life independently."

Finally, Green Park School were delighted to accept £1,850 in 2003 towards purchasing playground equipment for children with learning disabilities,