Bradford duo explain their fundraising goals after epic game
BATTLING The Fat Lads Football Club have kindly donated £ 190 to Horton Housing Association following their charity football match against West Yorkshire Police and aim to donate a similar amount after their next match in June.
The Mirfield-based charity team began participating in fundraisers when they joined the FA People’s Cup, raising money for Oddballs after a member of their team was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Since then, Battling Fat Lads has raised over £ 10,000 for a number of great causes including the Fairfield School, Byron Cardiology Unit, British Liver Trust and Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
Returning to the game itself, and despite meeting even before the break, the team ultimately fell to defeat Police XI after a rich and entertaining second half.
Speaking after the game, captain Matt Grist said, “We chose Horton Housing to receive our donation for the next two games because we want to support a fundamental cause in creating safe places for families.
“As the captain of the Fat Lads, I work in Bradford so I saw first-hand the positive effects this charity can have on the families they support.
Thirty years after developing a homeless day shelter, Horton Housing offers specialized and supported accommodation in West and North Yorkshire.
They work closely with clients who have complex needs, ranging from homelessness, mental health issues, addictions, refugees, people fleeing domestic violence, youth, gypsies and travelers.
Donations will help purchase a number of starter kits for families and others they support to move into new locations, as well as fund engagement activities and other training courses.
Jack Douglas, who is based in Bradford and works for Horton Housing, explained the role of the charity and how it supports people from different countries and backgrounds.
He said: “We are helping people and families who have difficulty accessing ordinary housing, which could be homeless people, addictions, people fleeing domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers. .
“Horton Housing helps provide supportive rentals to those in need. We have services in Bradford, North Yorkshire, Kirklees and Calderdale.
“We have temporary housing for the homeless and help them find long-term housing and rentals and many other services to help people.
“Much of the work we do with families helps them access suitable housing adapted to their needs.
“We have a lot of clients who come from different countries, so it’s about helping people settle into a new environment and we do that by offering them English classes and activities of that nature to help. people to settle down.
“During the pandemic, services had to operate differently. We have received a lot of donations and we have tried to increase that because a lot of people have experienced financial problems and personal issues during this time.
After Battling Fat Lads pledged to donate around £ 190 after their match in June, Douglas explained: ‘It’s nice to see external organizations and the teams to recognize us for the work we do. and it shows that the work we do is right. and make a difference for the people who really need our help
“In the future, we want to continue to provide the services we already provide now while always aiming to somehow improve and develop in the region.”