Recently Children Today were invited to the Professional Footballers Association Headquarters in Manchester to collect a cheque for £10,000. This fantastic donation was to support our recent challenge adventure when ex-professional footballers led teams on a fundraising trip to the Grand Canyon. We were all delighted that Reece, from Bolton, who was celebrating his 8th birthday, accepted our offer to represent us at the presentation. He was keen to show us his new specialised buggy that was provided by Children Today and he was an absolute joy to be around, lighting up the room and making everyone smile.
The cheque was presented by the Chief Executive of the PFA, Gordon Taylor OBE, along with our winning team captain from the Grand Canyon Challenge, former Sunderland, Derby County and Stoke City striker, Marco Gabbiadini.
Children Today would like to thank the PFA who have supported us since 2006. During that time a series of these challenges have been organised which have raised thousands of pounds, helping to provide vital specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities living throughout the UK.
Over the years of support, the space on the Children Today PFA Challenge Cup has now been filled with the names of all our previous winning captains; with Peter Nicholson, Neville Southall and Alan Kennedy amongst the victors. Therefore, it has now been retired into Mr Taylor’s trophy cabinet at PFA headquarters.
This means we will need a brand new cup for our next adventure which will take us to Cuba in June 2015. We look forward to finding out who the first winning captain’s name on it will be! Could you be on his team? Supported by Farleys Solicitors, this action-packed challenge event will involve a wide range of activities including cycling, trekking, zip lining, a football match (of course) and salsa dancing. Early registration is currently half price at only £99 plus minimum sponsorship requirements.