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  • Campaign to secure future of 135 year old Skelmersdale United raises nearly £3,000 in days

    Henry James

    A FUNDRAISING campaign set up by Skelmersdale United to help secure the future of the 135 year old club has collected nearly £3,000 in a matter of days.

    The club has set up a Just Giving page and they have reached 28% of their £10,000 goal which will be used to enable the club to afford their ground-share at Prescot Cables’ Volair Park for the rest of the season. The money will also be used to cover the cost of travel to long distance away games.

    The fund has been set up and run by media officer Simon Driscoll after the club was locked out of their home ground at the Uretek stadium, weeks before they were due to leave.

    Mr Driscoll said: “The club's early exile from the Uretek Stadium in October meant that expected funds from matchday revenue and sponsors had to be found elsewhere.

    “Such finances are needed to to enable the club to afford their ground-share at Volair Park for the rest of the season and cover the cost of coach travel to long distance away games. The latter will not be an issue until the trilogy of away coach trips to Ossett Town, South Shields and Scarborough Athletic in February.”

    Scarborough Athletic organised a bucket collection for Skelmersdale United at their home game against Trafford which was spearheaded by young fans Josh and Oliver who can be found at @MiniSeadog on Twitter and news of the amount collected will be revealed in the coming days.

    Skelmersdale United’s 3-0 win over Ossett Town at Prescot Cables' Volair Park saw the club’s long-term supporters The Alfie Lund fund organise a bucket collection of their own. The fund was set up to help Alfie Lund who has the rare disorder MECP2 duplication syndrome.

    The club has also received donations from fans of Ashton United, Stourbridge, Dulwich Hamlet (who themselves are in a similar situation), South Shields, York City, Gresley, recent saviours Marine AFC and Prescot Cables and director of Southport, Phil Hodgkinson.

    Simon Driscoll said: “The club wishes to thank all those who have donated to our cause be it donating to the fund or to the volunteers give their time to running the club both on and off the pitch. #UnitedWeStand.”

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