Students’ goal to raise cash for Whites’ skipper’s charity

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Students at the University of Bolton are pitching in to help Whites captain Kevin Davies reach his charity goal by supporting the KiDs of Bolton.

The Student’s Union is to spend the next year raising money for the cause which helps local children take part in a whole host of activities.

The charity is currently working on a project to build an indoor football facility.

The Wanderers skipper said: “It is great people recognise what we are doing and supporting us.

“The student’s union emailed me and wanted to find out more about the charity so I went down and it was fantastic they wanted to support it.

“Organising events is hard work and so to have people arranging events to raise money is great.

“The students will be able to put on their CV and I am happy to help them.”

The charity was set up two years ago and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for schools and organisations. It has won the support of the Mayor of Westhoughton and businesses such as Prestons of Bolton.

Staff at the students’ union came up with the idea to adopt Kevin’s charity as it helps under-privileged children and some of the university students are the first in their family to go on to higher education.

Jane Galligan, advice unit co-ordinator said: “It is about giving something back to the local community.

“We have three events planned including a three legged race.”

Sue Delanty, student activity co-ordinator, added: “We want students to come to use with ideas — the more the better.”

Vice President of the Student’s Union Olakunle William, aged 27, said: “It is important to give back to the local community.

“Supporting Kevin’s charity shows the students that those who have gone on to be successful still give something back to the community.

“It will also enhance the student experience.”

Students say that they are more likely to get involved in fundraising activities because of the local connection and Kevin’s role model status.

Jason Holmes, aged 25, a graphic design student, said:”He is one of the very few modern professional footballers and everybody knows his face.

“I think more students will get involve especially as it is also helping local children.”

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