Garstang FC's fundraising initiative helps everyone

Richard Cookney believes his Garstang players’ fundraising drive is a win-win scenario for all concerned.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 8:00 am

With the North West Counties Football League season currently suspended as a result of the pandemic, the Riversiders are keeping themselves occupied.

They have teamed up with the Bellflower, aiming to raise £1,000 for their foodbank and other projects through donations and sponsorships, with the first-team players bidding to run a total distance of 3,000km by February 8.

Cookney said: “To be honest, I’d seen Ashton Town had done something similar for their foodbank.

Garstang FC's players are competing with each other on their fundraising drive Picture: Adam Gee

“I got in touch with the committee and I then spoke to the Bellflower, who were over the moon.

“I thought it was something different just in terms of trying to keep the lads fit and motivated, as well as helping a good cause.”

The benefit behind the fundraising is twofold: the Bellflower’s projects receive added backing while the Garstang players can keep fit and remain competitive despite a lack of football.

That competition has shown itself with players trying to get one up on their team-mates.

“The lads are trying to beat each other’s runs,” Cookney said.

“The times have gone out of the window. It was about who could run the quickest but they’re now trying to beat each other’s mileage.

“We also know then that they will be fit when they do come back – although no-one has a clue when that’s going to happen.”

As it stands, the club has raised £460 of the £1,000 target and anyone able to make a donation can do so at

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