Wolves Former Players’ Association have officially handed over donations of £2,000 apiece to their chosen charities from last year’s Golf Day.
The event, organised by former midfielder Steve Daley and wife Lyn along with help from the WFPA committee, saw 25 teams take to the Oxley Park course followed by evening entertainment hosted by Daley and former Wolves team-mate Steve Kindon.
A total of £8,000 was raised to be shared between Smile for Joel, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Clic Sargent and the Maureen Parkes Breast Care fund.
The cheques were handed over at a gathering at the Fox Inn at Shipley on Tuesday night, with thanks to landlord Neil Taylor, who was representing Birmingham Children’s Hospital for whom he has carried out his own array of fundraising challenges.
“The golf day was a fantastic event where former players and Wolves supporters were able to get together whilst also raising money for some very important and deserving causes,” says Wolves FPA Vice-Chairman John Richards, who scored 194 goals for the club during 14 years at Molineux.
“We were delighted to welcome the charity representatives to officially receive the donations, which will have a really positive impact on their work.
“It is always good for the former players to get together and chat about old times, and we are all committed to helping out in the local community as much as we can.”
Richard Green, Administrator with the Wolves FPA, added: “So many of the former players from that era have stayed in the local area, and it is to their immense credit that they are willing to give up their time to help raise money for charities.
“We are continuing to grow as an organisation both to ensure that the club’s former players are able to meet up and socialise but also that we can make a positive difference in the local community.”
As well as those charities mentioned, a donation was made last year to the Birch Thompson Memorial Fund, which provides thousands of youngsters with the chance to enjoy outdoor experiences through its Gelliwig centre in Porthmadog.
Former players are also making regular visits to the Molineux Memories group, run by Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation in partnership with the Black Country NHS team from Blakenhall Resource Centre for individuals with dementia.
And Karl Henry and Kevin Foley both visited the Good Shepherd Centre prior to Christmas to meet staff and service users and hand over donations of food and other items both from themselves and the FPA.
The next event for the FPA is the Annual Dinner, taking place at Molineux on April 10th.