Charity auction a huge success

Guiseley AFC is pleased to confirm we have raised almost £3,000 for the ICU Department at Royal Bolton Hospital following Saturday’s charity auction and raffle.

With the help of supporters, players and local businesses, we managed to sell a host of great prizes and sought-after lots that brought in £2,400 on the night.

We hope the final sum will be come to around £3,000 once remaining items are sold on eBay and bucket collections from previous games are added to the total.

Goalkeeper Steven Drench first suggested the idea towards the start of the season with the money raised being donated to the unit in memory of his father, Paul Robert Drench.

Lots included signed Bradford City, Huddersfield Town and Barnsley items as well as hospitality tickets for a game at Leeds United and a signed Yorkshire Cricket Club bat.

Local businesses also got involved, with Guiseley Lions, Nuffield Health Guiseley, Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Milestone Insurance, Good Skin Days, Blacks Solicitors, Ripon Races, Signature Underwriting, Clipper Logistics and RPC UK among those to kindly donate items for the evening.

With musical accompaniment kindly provided free of charge by Joe Dunwell of The Dunwells band and 16-year-old singer/songwriter Ellie Holmes, club secretary Adie Towers was left to reflect on a hugely positive evening at Nethermoor.

“It was a really enjoyable evening where we managed to raise an awful lot of money for a really worthy cause,” said Towers.

“We just want to thank all the businesses, supporters, players and volunteers who got involved, not to mention Joe and Ellie who gave up their valuable time for free.

“As a community club, we’re always on the lookout for opportunities to help worthy causes and hope to be involved in lots more as the season goes on.”