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Birmingham Childrens Hospital Charity Game at The Paycare Ground THIS SUNDAY

By Simon Cox

Wednesbury AFC 2016-7 League Winners will play this seasons Wednesbury AFC team to raise funds for Ward 10 of the Childrens Hospital

The Paycare this Sunday will hold its final game of the season, just before major works starts on the all four pitches in preparation for next season.

Darlaston Town (1874) FC Committee Member Gav Ingles is once again arranging his annual charity football match, with the world renown Birmingham Childrens Hospital benefitting once again, this time its one specific ward of the hospital that will benefit from the fund raised during the family fun day out.

The match will be between Wednesbury AFC League winners 2016/17 and this seasons Wednesbury AFC team, so I would imagine there will be plenty of friendly banter and rivalry between the two squads on the day.

The game kicks off at 2 pm with the gates to the ground opening at 1 pm with an entrance charge for Adults £3 and children £1.50

Everyone is welcome, why not come and support a hugely important donation to Ward 10 of the Childrens Hospital

This is Alfie’s story;
Alfie is a local boy who lives within the Walsall area and has been taken from another charity event to raise funds for the same ward.

Nearly 14 months ago on March 27th 2018 our beautiful little boy Alfie at 13 months old had to undergo a 6 hour operation to reconstruct his skull.
Back when Alfie was only 5 weeks old after a routine visit to a paediatrician, we were told we were being referred to a neurologist to check on Alfie’s head. It was after lots of other appointments and tests it was confirmed Alfie had a rare condition called Saggital Craniosynostosis, meaning his skull had fused to early which as a result, in the long term would cause Alfie to have a mis-shaped head and potentially some serious problems such as pressure on the brain or encounter some developmental issues as he grew. It was with a heavy heart we agreed to go ahead with the surgery to ensure that Alfie had the best start possible.

Whilst the time at the hospital was traumatic and devastating the experience, we had was the most positive. The surgical team and the staff on the ward were outstanding, Alfie was looked after better then we could of ever imagined. The ward itself had some lovely facilities such as a play room, soft play and some sensory bits and bobs for the children. They had ‘entertainment’ visit the ward and the patients such as therapy pets, singing and music teams and they had play staff on site to engage the children.

After four nights Alfie was well enough to go home and continue to grow as a happy healthy little boy.

So the aim of the day is to raise more funds for this wonderful ward whose staff work so hard to make the experience as positive as possible, that includes the extras that the NHS does not provide for like the ‘entertainment’ visits and equipment used on a daily basis to make not only the patients stay more comfortable but that of the parents also.

Updated 13:50 - 9 May 2019 by Simon Cox

Where next?

TONIGHT Open MJPL U16 trials for next season at The Paycare Ground Why not come and try out for next years Darlaston Town (1874) U16 Midland Junior Premier League side
Second "Hugs for Lolly 2019" photo album is released A bumper album from Club Photographer Jayne Cartwright is now available


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