Preston North End have been working alongside the Community and Education Trust throughout the ongoing pandemic to reach out and support the local community in a time where this is more important than ever.
As well as the work the club have been doing, our supporters have also been playing their part in supporting a number of worthy causes in the local area and we want to highlight their fantastic fundraising efforts.
Starting from today, every Friday we will be highlighting some of the fundraising done by our loyal supporters with our ‘Fundraising Fans’ stories and this week there are two fans who have been selflessly raising much needed funds for two local charities.
Young fan Luke Carter has been taking on a huge challenge in support of Rainbow Hub as many of their fundraising events have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19.
Luke, who suffers from cerebral palsy, set himself the challenge of cycling 30 miles in 30 days and has so far he has more than doubled his daily target, cycling almost 25 miles in the first 11 days!
Rainbow Hub, formerly known as Rainbow House, is the official charity partner of Preston North End, and Luke attended their facility every week since he was two-year-old to help his physical skills through conductive education and he wanted to give something back and show his support during this challenging time.
You can help support Luke in his challenge by visiting his Just Giving page by clicking here.
Another supporter who is doing their bit in the local area is season ticket holder Craig Astley.
Craig has been a season ticket holder for 23 years and when lockdown first came in to force, he decided that he would use his daily exercise allowance to run a minimum of five miles every day to raise money for Derian House.
As with many charities at this time, most fundraising events have had to be cancelled and therefore they are relying on selfless people like Craig to raise vital funds for their work to continue.
Derian House in Chorley provides respite and end of life care to more than 400 children and young people across the north west, and looks to ensure that everyone who goes to Derian is able to make the most of the time they have.
Craig started his running challenge on Monday 20th April and has run over 160 miles so far, raising over £1,000 in the process! You can help to support Craig and Derian House by going to his Just Giving page by clicking here, where her provides regular updates and evidence of his runs.
A huge well done to both Luke and Craig for their efforts throughout this difficult time to help support others and two important local charities.
If you are a Preston North End supporter and you're currently doing something similar to support a local charity, please get in touch and we will look to share as many as we can each Friday over the coming weeks.
You can submit your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject 'Fundraising Fans', please include the following details in your email:
- Your full name
- Your PNE member number
- Details of your fundraising, including the charity it is for
- A link to your fundraising page
- Photos or videos of your fundraising efforts