The Second Rachael's Day event – in memory of former Wolves Vice-President Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint - takes place on Tuesday before the home game against Hull City (kick off 7.45pm).
It is the annual collection organised by Tettenhall Rotary Club and the POWER PLEAS wheelchair charity, and loyal fans are being asked to dig deep to help fund a sports wheelchair so that the local Powered Wheels Football Team can field a team of four players with the latest equipment.
POWER PLEAS has already provided three players with special chairs that puts them on the same level as their opponents.
The POWER PLEAS collection, in conjunction with Tettenhall Rotary Club, was launched with Rachael’s help in 1995, and since then the generosity of Wolves supporters has helped countless young people enjoy more independence with the donation of a wheelchair or mobility aid.
This year’s collection was initially going to be at the Reading game which was postponed, but has been re-arranged for Tuesday evening with volunteer collectors stationed around Molineux before the game.
Several of those to have benefitted previously from the collection are also due to be pitchside at half time.
“Rachael was such a passionate supporter of the POWER PLEAS charity, and worked tirelessly with Tettenhall Rotary Club to help with this collection for so many years,” said Keith Berry, Chairman of POWER PLEAS.
“With all that support, and the huge generosity of the Wolves fans, the money raised has made a huge difference to the lives of so many people from the local area.
“Any backing which supporters can give on their way to Tuesday night’s game will be very much appreciated, and ensure we can continue to make a difference, and help fund this new sports wheelchair.”
The local Powered Wheelchair football team is Telford PFC, based at Lilleshall, who are in a league taking on opponents including WBA Baggies and Villa Rockets.
Playing a competitive sport, sometimes for the very first time, has changed the players’ lives increasing their self confidence and self esteem.
Rachael passed away in January of last year at the age of 77. The club agreed to title the day of the annual collection as Rachael’s Day as one of a number of measures taken to continue her incredible legacy.
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