• Pendleside football fans score with Burnley F.C v Manchester United tickets

Pendleside football fans score with Burnley F.C v Manchester United tickets

Two lucky footy fans were treated to tickets to watch the Burnley F.C v Manchester United match after they were donated to Pendleside Hospice.

Day services patients, life-long Clarets fan Glen McGoogan and former Liverpool F.C, Blackburn Rovers and Accrington Stanley player Jack Boyes received the tickets from the hospice for them and a guest to attend the match at Turf Moor on Saturday 20th January.

The tickets were donated to the hospice by David Jones from Leicestershire who offered them to deserving patients or staff, saying he knows what ‘great work’ his local hospice does and thought Pendleside would be a worthy recipient.

Glen, 50 from Colne has been attending day services at Pendleside Hospice for the past few months.

He said: “I was really surprised when I received a call offering me the tickets; I’ve been a Clarets fan all my life and try to get tickets to matches when I can, but I didn’t have tickets for the Manchester United game.

“I had a great time, there was a fantastic atmosphere despite the result.”

Jack Boyes, 82, from Burnley who attended the hospice’s ‘living with dementia’ group and receives ongoing support said: “I was over the moon when I got the call to say I had been given some tickets to the match.

“In my younger days I was a professional footballer and I still like to go and watch matches. I’m very grateful for the hospice for giving the tickets, I really enjoyed it.

“I’ve been attending the hospice for the past few months and think it’s fantastic. Everything they do is brilliant, they provide a lot of activities which help keep my brain active and I always get a lovely meal. Coming to the hospice is the best thing that’s happened to me”

Glen added: “I started coming to the hospice as a way of getting me out of the house. I really like coming, we have a real laugh and everyone is very welcoming. We are always doing different activities; I even met Jay Rodriguez when he came to visit.”

Are you looking for a challenge for 2018? Why not have fun and raise money for Pendleside Hospice at the same time by taking part in one of the ideas below.

  • The Smarties challenge – the hospice is looking for 3,000 tubes to be filled all with either 20p’s or pound coins. To take part contact the fundraising team on 01282 440120 or email fundraising@pendleside.org.uk

  • Can you host a Pendleside Hospice collecting box? Boxes can be situated in shops, pubs, clubs and other outlets where customers/­clients can see it. If you are interested in organising and collecting charity tins, or if you would be prepared to site a collecting tin please contact hospice receptionist on 01282 440100

  • Spaces are available to run the Great Manchester Run on behalf of Pendleside on Sunday May 20th. Registration fee is £19, minimum sponsorship to be raised £200. Contact Sammi in fundraising on 01282 440136 or email sammi.graham@pendleside.org.uk.

  • Fancy taking on a one-mile open water swim? Spaces are available to swim the Great North Swim at Brockhole on Windermere on behalf of Pendleside Hospice from June 8th to 10th.  Registration fee £20. Minimum sponsorship to be raised £200. Contact Sammi in fundraising on 01282 440136 or email sammi.graham@pendleside.org.uk