Appeal funds make projects possible
WELLS City FC chairman Steve Loxton has thanked everybody who has contributed so far to the club’s fundraising campaign.
The halt to lower league football and closure of social clubs means that the club has lost its normal income from match days and functions.
But some of the improvement projects it had planned can still go ahead thanks to the thousands of pounds that have been donated through a crowdfunding campaign.
“Normally, from April onwards to the start of the following season, the club can capitalise on having a large outdoor space, hosting many functions, events and weddings,” said Steve.
“All these events help pay for the ongoing maintenance work on the main and junior pitches, repairs and improvements to the clubhouse and general upkeep of the ground. Some of this work had already started: JV & DC electrical had just finished the first phase of the clubhouse rewire, and the groundsman had booked in the summer pitch renovation programme.”
When the impact of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, Steve decided to set up an appeal on JustGiving for £6,000 to help the club cope in these difficult times.
So far, it has raised more than £4,000.
“Although this was never going to replace the lost revenue the club would have received, I looked at what the essential groundworks would have cost, and the most important projects that we needed to complete, worked out the costs and that gave me the funding total,” said Steve.
“I had no idea of what the reaction would be amongst our supporters or even our own players.
“It was only a couple of days later one of the club’s senior players, Charlie Crook, contacted me and asked why had we set this up and then to my astonishment within a few hours the First team had donated £1,000 into the fund quickly followed by further large sums from the Reserves and A teams, the money earmarked for their end of season tours. Such fantastic generosity from within the club itself, add in ex-players, supporters from both the junior and senior sections donating what they can and we were on our way.
“Within a few weeks we were halfway to our proposed target and I was able to inform our groundsmen to carry on with their plans for the pitches, instead of picking up loads of rubbish left by the crowds at the club during lockdown as seen on social media, and to carry on with renovations and important maintenance projects.
“At the moment we are three-quarters of the way towards our target. The club and myself would like to thank all who donated, I can assure you all the monies have gone into maintaining and improving our club. Any further donations are most welcome.”
Donations can be made at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wellscityfc?utm_term=vekQ8aXdD