Goldsworth Park Rangers’ big win for charity

Monday June 15th

Goldsworth Park Rangers is celebrating its latest big win after raising over £30,000 as part of last weekend’s fundraising challenge.

The local youth football club had invited all players to take part in its sponsored penalty shoot-out at home, with each team taking 2020 penalties and filming their skills to share online. In addition, there were also a number of individual sponsored challenges.

Raising an impressive £24,905 through digital donations, with gift aid attached, the fundraising tally is now over £30,000!

The funds will be split, with half going to Goldsworth Park Rangers and the other half donated to two local children’s children charities:

Halo Children’s Foundation, which supports children suffering from bereavement.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, which care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families.

Both charities have been supporting club members for many years.

With over 50 teams, and 600 boys and girls registered, the money raised will also prove a real lifeline for the club in the year ahead.

“We are so thankful to all of our players, their families and all our volunteers that got behind the challenge. It was great to see the photos and videos of the kids enjoying their weekend and grateful for the sponsorship raised. To raise over £30,000 was beyond our wildest dreams.”
- Lee Swain, Club Chairman

Among the variety of feats achieved, George from GPR Stags kicked off his challenge by wearing 140 items of clothing, taking off each item every time he scored a penalty. Some players shot the ball blindfolded while others took their penalties on group Zoom calls in fancy dress.

Goldworth Park Rangers usually holds its annual tournament fundraising challenge at its club grounds, but with government restrictions in place, it was forced to inventively recreate the entire event online - and with great success! They even managed to score an appearance from local football legend Alan Dowson, manager of Woking Football Club.

“We were also most grateful when Alan Dowson offered to raise money for the club – this was a really generous gesture. As Chairman, I am proud of all our members that participated this weekend and I can’t thank them enough.”
- Lee Swain

Alongside Alan, members also carried out a 20.20km run, a 100km cycle, an 8-hour penalty shoot-out and a darts challenge to score 2020 bullseyes.

Chris Sexton from Woking Football in the Community ran 20 laps around Goldsworth Lake to put an impressive 14 miles on the clock.

To donate to the charity fundraiser, click here.

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