A charity prize draw for Rotherham United striker Freddie Ladapo’s shirt has helped to raise an amazing total of £5,487 to split between the Rotherham Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
With the pandemic hitting charities hard, through the cancellation of countless fundraising events and other income-generating opportunities, the football club felt compelled to support them when this particular chance to do so arose.
Representatives from both Rotherham Hospice and Bluebell Wood visited the AESSEAL New York Stadium recently, where the cheques were presented to the two charities, with winner of the signed and framed shirt Anton Hill, being presented with a piece of Millers history by the creator of it himself, Freddie Ladapo.
The shirt was the one worn by Ladapo when he lashed home a last-gasp winning goal to beat local rivals, Sheffield Wednesday.
Anna Gott, Regional Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “Rotherham United and its amazing fans have always been very supportive of Bluebell Wood and we’re over the moon that the raffle for Freddie’s iconic shirt was such a brilliant success.
“It’s been a challenging year for us from a fundraising perspective, with many of our events cancelled or postponed, so the funds raised through the raffle really will make a big difference to the children and young people in our care.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the club, its generous fans and to Freddie for scoring the goal that made it all possible.”
Alyce Clark, Community Fundraiser at Rotherham Hospice said: “The incredible support that Rotherham Hospice has received from the whole Rotherham United team and fans during the last year has been amazing, with Freddie’s raffle being the icing on the cake!
“It has increased morale at the hospice and made a key financial difference during a very challenging year, when our normal fundraising and retail activities have been impacted by the pandemic.
“We are so grateful to our Rotherham families for their generosity, thank you!”