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Collingham Panthers under sevens raise money for The Trussell Trust and Help 4 Homeless Veterans




A children's football team is raising money for charity through a series of challenges across four months.

Scott Graham, manager of Collingham Panthers under-seven team, has organised a challenge a month to help educate the young footballers about homelessness.

In February, the children raised £201 in Newark Market Place for The Trussell Trust with an awareness day.

Youngsters from the Collingham Panthers FC raise money for The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Newark today .Picture shows a few of the players only l-r Kieran Williams,Isaac Crampton and Luke Botton (7481586)
Youngsters from the Collingham Panthers FC raise money for The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Newark today .Picture shows a few of the players only l-r Kieran Williams,Isaac Crampton and Luke Botton (7481586)

They all made posters, and the Mayor of Newark, Mr Tony Roberts, went along to show his support.

The remainder of the challenges will be raising money for Help 4 Homeless Veterans.

Scott said: “I spoke to the parents prior to Christmas because I wanted the children to understand the value of money by raising money for the homeless, so from February to May we are doing a challenge a month.

“I gave them homework to create the posters themselves. We were joined by the mayor and my assistant manager, Pete Hamilton, on the awareness day.

Scott, who was in the military for 12 years, started managing children’s football after being medically discharged from the Army.

Youngsters from the Collingham Panthers FC raise money for The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Newark today . Along with Mayor Tony Roberts (7481588)
Youngsters from the Collingham Panthers FC raise money for The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Newark today . Along with Mayor Tony Roberts (7481588)

He said: “I wanted to originally raise money for a veterans homeless charity but the nearest one I could find was Barnsley.

“So we raised money for The Trussell Trust, which is a food bank in Newark, but our other three challenges ­— a community garden day, a sponsored walk and a charity car wash at Collingham FC ­— will raise money for Help 4 Homeless Veterans.”

The next awareness event is a community garden day, where the children are helping people with gardening.

It will take place on March 16.



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