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Barnton childrens' hospital fundraiser

Wed 23rd November 2016 | Barnton
By Ian Templeman

Barnton FC are raising funds to support the work carried out by staff at Ward 77 of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The ward has been adopted by the Club as they care for Barnton defender Dan Meadowcroft's daughter Evie, who has a condition known as Extreme Short Bowel Syndrome, a disorder caused by a lack of functional small intestine which needs the specialist care of the staff at the hospital.

Barnton manager Steve Lloyd said:

"I became aware of Dan's situation when he came to play for us, and just felt that we collectively had to try and help. 

“As a Club we are aiming to raise money for ongoing project requirements that maintain the ward with equipment and specialist resource support. The Club will also be delivering Barnton FC teddy bears to the sick children who will be on the ward during the festive period.

"We've all been deeply touched by the problems Dan's little daughter Evie has to live with, and want to show our support in whichever way we can, by raising funds for much needed equipment.

"We'll be running match day raffles with prizes, bucket collections, and giving it a real drive through social media streams.  So far, our efforts have certainly helped to raise awareness around the Club.

"We just want to raise a credible amount that will make a difference.  The ward needs constant support for both equipment and additional specialist care, and our aim is to lighten the load a little, and form a partnership whereby we can carry out similar efforts in the future.

“The bears will enable us all to put a smile on the faces of the little children who are suffering with their health over Christmas. Even if that is only for a short time, it will make it all worthwhile."

A Just Giving page has been set up to receive donations to the appeal, and the page can be found by clicking here.