Football fundraiser receives our support

Date: Thursday 03 December 2020

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We recently provided a £250 donation to seven-year-old star striker, Denys Holden, to support his ‘Kick for Carers’ football fundraiser.


Inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s heroics, Denys from Accrington wanted to raise money for a good cause after growing frustrated during lockdown.


Mum, Hayley, spotted the perfect opportunity to do this whilst keeping active over the summer months, setting her son the challenge ofreaching 5,000 points on his inflatable football target.


Once the challenge was set, Denys chose Springhill Care Home in Accrington, somewhere he had previously sung Christmas Carolswith his school to the residents and carers. Naturally this was the place he wanted to donate to.


Taking shots each day and tallying his score, Denys reached his goalof 5,000 points in three weeks and was thrilled to be able to help the home with an incredible £1,000 donation, thanks to contributions from school, family, friends and businesses such as Taylor Wimpey.


Mum, Hayley, said: “We are so proud of him! Once he had that goal set in mind he really stuck at it, practising his aim and tallying up the points each day.


“He was getting bored during lockdown and needed something to focus on – seeing Captain Tom Moore on the telly sparked the idea of doing his own fundraising activity for a good cause.


“After chatting about how much he enjoyed going to Springhill Care Home to sing Christmas Carols last year he was very happy to have somewhere he was going to help. We want to thank Taylor Wimpey for the generous donation and say a big thank you to friends and family who were so willing to contribute.”


Stuart Craig, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey North West, added: “We’re pleased that we could support Denys’ challenge and subsequently help Springhill Care Home.


“During the pandemic we’ve heard of all kinds of brilliant fundraising initiatives and we thought the football challenge was a clever thing to do from home and a great way to stay active throughout lockdown. Well done to Denys, keep on practising and let’s see if the England manager gets in touch ahead of next summer’s European Championships!”