Goal of helping local youngsters get back into action
The March branch of The Nottingham has stepped in to help tackle a community issue that has left heartbroken local youngsters unable to play football.
The team leapt into action after hearing that thieves had stolen equipment including goalposts from March Rangers youth football club.
Building society manager David Boyce and colleagues came up with the idea of holding a raffle to help the club raise vital funds to begin fulfilling its fixtures again.
David said: “It’s so sad that anyone could do this. Something as simple as a goal being taken has affected so many lives. The children play every week and they, and the volunteers who make that happen, are heartbroken.
“Here at The Nottingham we are all about community spirit and we want to help so we are holding a raffle in-branch – with prizes including a Nottingham Forest signed ball – to help replace the goals.
“Every pound the club has is precious to them being able to continue playing and we want to minimise the impact on their coffers by helping them provide new goalposts.”
Meanwhile one of the society’s customers, Duane Bragg of Bragg’s Gardening Services, has also kindly offered his time and skills to help tidy up and secure the club’s grounds after hearing of their plight.
Duane explained: “I was paying into my accounts when I overheard David speaking to the football club chairman and admired his determination to help the club overcome this sad problem.
“Following on in the same spirit I’ve offered the services of my company, Braggs Gardening Services, to help improve the grounds and help prevent this happening in the future.”
Anyone who wants to donate a prize or to buy a raffle ticket can do so at The Nottingham, 39 Broad Street, March, PE15 8TP until 29 February.
Photo caption: The Nottingham’s March branch building society manager David Boyce (second left) and colleague Carrie-Anne Johnson (second right) with March Rangers players and volunteers.