Walking Football Festival

Derbyshire walking football teams raise hundreds for children's charity

Seven walking football teams from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire entered the festival which was held at Belper Leisure Centre.

The festival, which took place on Thursday 1st August was ran to help raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, a charity which cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, as well as their families.

The teams donated their entry fee for the festival to the charity and also had “fines” throughout the festival which were also donated to the charity, and over £320 was raised for the charity during the event.

Hannah Saunders, Community Fundraiser for Bluebell Wood, said: “I had a fantastic day with the walking football teams at the festival, there was a great community spirit from the off and I met some real characters too.

“Everyone was so friendly; I cannot recommend walking football highly enough.

“Being from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice it was an extra special pleasure to meet one of the gentlemen who physically built the hospice as well.

“You never know who you’ll meet, why not go along and find out whose waiting for you!”

Angie Harper, Football Development Officer for Derbyshire County FA, said: “It was great to see so many teams taking part in this charity walking football festival raising money for an excellent cause. 

“This is the second year we have run the festival we hope to make it a regular in the walking football calendar.”

To find out more about Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice please visit: http://www.bluebellwood.org/