Colin Fleming is sponsoring Merthyr Town Women’s Walking Team in aid of City Hospice.
Jane Clemence, who works for Cardiff’s Council Wellbeing Team was invited to be part of a brand new walking football team “Merthyr Town Women’s Walking Football Club” by Mandy Gornicki, an old football colleague of Jane’s, after a need for social and fun activities within the area for older ladies was identified. Colin became a permanent fixture at many of Jane’s Wellbeing Hubs and Colin decided he wanted to give something back after coming to watch a game with one of his friends from the Hub sessions. He found that the new team were looking for sponsors.
Colin’s wife and daughter both received care from City Hospice. Unbeknown to Jane, Colin contacted Mandy at Merthyr and suggested sponsoring some of the team for their football kit and Colin picked a charity close to his heart.
“Merthyr Town Women’s Walking Football Club was formed in the middle of last year, it was one of the newest clubs in South Wales. The regulars, some ex-footballers just looking to get out of the house, travel from far and wide and all say the same thing “it’s a fun way to get fit but it’s also amazing for our mental health”.
Being a certain age many ladies lose touch with friends gradually over the years for a number of reasons. You would never expect to gain 25+ new friends by joining a walking football club. The support given is just fantastic to see and the confidence and self-esteem grows week after week.
Colin and I are proud to support City Hospice, a charity that means so much to Colin and to others within the community. City Hospice is a local charity used by many, and the support they give to both patients and their families is invaluable. We hope that sponsoring our football kit in aid of City Hospice will help spread the word about the amazing work you do”.
Fundraising Coordinator, Katie Vaughan said,
It was an absolute pleasure to watch Jane and her team in action at one of the league matches in February. I can confirm it is definitely harder than it may sound! Thank you to Colin for choosing to use the City Hospice logo to raise awareness of our amazing charity. And also to Jane, for your support during Love Your Hospice Month – it’s really important for us to raise awareness about all the different services we offer to patients and their families in Cardiff.