Young football team smashes goal to help Skegness Hospital

A junior football club has been encouraging members to stay active while raising funds for Skegness Hospital.

Members and friends of Swifts Junior Football Club have been raising funds for Skegness Hospital.
Members and friends of Swifts Junior Football Club have been raising funds for Skegness Hospital.

More than £1,366 has already been collected to support palliative care after Swifts Junior Football Club players tagged members, friends and even mums to run a two-mile challenge and donate funds to a JustGiving page.

Originally a target of £500 was set and Sally Hobbins, chairperson and child welfare officer to the club based in Ingoldmells, says she is incredibly proud of the achievement of the 130 supporters so far.

"A parent came up with the idea to keep the young players motivated and to help the Community Hospital which is close to all our members hearts," explained Sally.

The idea was to run two miles for a £2 donation.

"As a club we appreciate all the NHS do and especially thank the facility of Skegness Hospital in our community.

"Basically, it was run 2K and donate £2 via the "JustGiving "Page Swifts JFC for Skegness Hospital Palliative Care Suite Equipment .

"We aimed to raise a target of £500 but the players, ex-players and supporters have smashed it and to date we have a fund raised of £1366.

"I am so proud to head a Grassroots Junior Football Club with such a great ethos .

Already the £500 target has been smashed.

"The players and coaches are so motivated."

Swifts Junior Football Club has welcomed the Government's recent guidelines allowing outdoor sport to restart on March 29.

The club plays in the Mid Lincs League and expects to be able to play competitively until the final day of the season on Sunday, June 20.

"We have a great facility at Ingoldmells and are lucky to have some of the best grass pitches in Lincolnshire," said Sally.

Mums have also taken part in the challenge.

"We welcome children from age five and have teams for many age groups."

Anyone wanting to join the club can call 07568705390 for more details.