Football raises funds

MK Dons fans were top of their league at the home game against Exeter on Saturday 10th March 2012 when they helped to raise vital funds for Willen Hospice as part of The Football Leagues week of action for hospice care.

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Earlier in the week

Activity during the hospice care week included George Baldock (player ambassador) and Paul Heald (goalkeeping coach) meeting some of the ‘Black & White army’ at the Hospice shop in Bletchley, signing autographs and draw tickets being sold for the half-time Crossbar Challenge. The winners of the challenge were treated to a VIP tour of Stadium:MK and took part in the half-time challenge on the pitch. 

George and Paul were no strangers to Hospice staff, having visited at the end of last year with four apprentice players to serve Christmas Dinner to patients in the Day Hospice.

The Match

Warming up for the Hospice

Warming up pre-match

A bucket collection for Willen Hospice was held by Hospice Volunteers as fans entered the ground and the MK Dons team warmed up in Willen Hospice T-Shirts. These training T-Shirts were auctioned on eBay to raise additional funds to the monies already raised and included signed shirts for David Martin, Gary MacKenzie, Ian McLoughlin, Daniel Powell, Jay O’Shea, Paul Slane, Adam Chicksen, Tom Flanagan and Mathias Kouo-Doumbe. 

Gilly Giddings entertained the crowds at half-time with a rousing live performance of the Hospice song “I’ll Be There” and Bridget Elmer, a Hospice Nurse and an avid Dons fan was thrilled to present the teams with the match ball and also received a signed MK Dons shirt as a thank you from the team. 

MK Dons and Willen Hospice

L to R: Karl Robinson, Charlie McDonald, Pete Winkelman, Bridget Elmer & Paul Hinson (Willen Hospice), Shaun Williams, George Baldock, Richard Willis (Willen Hospice)


Further Fundraising

The MK Dons will also be donating their Match shirts at the end of the season to be auctioned with all proceeds going to Willen Hospice

Two generous MK Dons and Willen Hospice supporters entered into a bidding war at the Club Red Man Of The Match presentation where the MOTM Training Top was auctioned for Willen Hospice. Jack Sharratt was the winning bidder with Jim Mann generously matching Jacks bid.

MK Dons are currently in the process of organising a final prize of a pair of VIP Directors Box tickets for two lucky fans, with all proceeds going to Willen, so the fundraising total is set to rise even further! 

Help the Hospices

Help the Hospices is the charity for hospice care, representing and supporting more than 200 local hospices. The charity champions the very best care for everyone facing the end of life.
Help the Hospices works with hospices and other organisations as they strive to grow and improve hospice and palliative care throughout the UK and across the world. For more information please visit:

About The Football League

Help the Hospices was chosen as the Official Charity Partner of The Football League for the 2011/12 Season following a public vote on
This season, The Football League aims to raise £400,000 for hospice care. That’s enough to fund 3,000 home visits from a hospice nurse, to provide counselling for 2,000 bereaved families and to give 1,400 people the chance to spend a day with others facing similar situations.



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Willen Hospice (Registered as The Hospice of Our Lady & St John) is a Registered Charity No. 270194 and is a Company Registered in England and Wales with Company No. 1231909.

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