Standish Park Rangers Football Club Christmas Appeal : After last year’s successful Christmas appeal where the club donated to the Preston Branch of the Rspca Standish decided that this year’s charity should be Derrian House. Derrian House is an extremely important organization which looks after children who are terminally ill and ensures that they have as normal life as possible by excellent support and care. Derrian House is also well known for its excellent care and making the children feel special and happy regardless of the sad situation that has brought them there in the first place. We as a club wanted to support them at this important time of the year and so set up a toy appeal within the club. Players then donated both new and also old toys from their own childhoods to the appeal with excellent results.
It was clear that this appeal meant a lot to the people within the club and on the 20th December two of the first team players Simon Yarwood and Anthony Coppenhall along with manager Will Nolan and Chairman Bill Nolan presented their donations to the care team nurses and fundraising team at Derrian House. This was a really special presentation and it meant a lot to both the staff at Derrian House and the Standish team.
It’s fantastic to see local sports stars giving back to their communities that value them so much. There are youngsters all over the world that are disabled or unable to participate in sporting activities for whom a visit or some communication from a sports personality is a huge event that they would treasure for the rest of their lives. In South Africa there are many sports stars that are involved in charity work and community projects. Just this year, Wayde van Niekerk, the world’s four hundred meter athletics champion, donated five hundred thousand rand to Groote Schuur Hospital’s neo natal unit. South African national cricketers, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis are also extremely active in community work and charity organizations. The two are often seen side by side, participating in charity sports events. Recently Mark Boucher appeared as the guest speaker at the Saint Luke’s Hospice Charity event at a seasid restaurant in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Mark Boucher recently founded his own charity organization, the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy. Boucher entered the forty two kilometer Otter Trail run to raise funds and awareness around Rhino poaching. Mark has encouraged his long time friend and professional trail runner Ryan Sandes to join him in this venture. Ryan Sandes has won the Otter Trail run in the past and competes in trail running globally in events all over the world. Ryan was quoted as saying that the Otter Trail is one of his favorite trails and that he felt honored to have been asked by Boucher to support him in his drive against Rhino poaching.