A FUNDRAISING page set up to help pay for the re-building costs of the fire-damaged Hampton Football Club has raised more than £8,000 in less than a week.
The fire broke out in the bar area of the Field Lane clubhouse just after 5am on August 1 and West Midlands Fire Service sent five fire engines and 30 firefighters.
Firefighters removed fascias and roof panels to gain access to the roof space, which showed signs of collapse due to fire damage.
Club Secretary, Spencer Mcardle, was informed about the fire shortly after the blaze, which has destroyed the clubhouse, broke out.
Spencer’s children have since set up a page to help raise funds to go towards the rebuild of Hampton Football Club.
Tierney, Cameron and Ruby McArdle have set out to raise £50,000.
In six days charitable-minded folk have donated £8,738.
On the page the trio wrote: This has left everyone involved in Hampton Football Club shocked and absolutely devastated.
“We have seen first hand the love, hard work and dedication not only our Dad but so many others put into making this Club the Club it is.
“This club house holds so many memories for all and this is why it’s so heartbreaking to see it in this way.
“We hope the community come together to show their support and help us raise money to go towards the rebuild.
“This won’t be the end of Hampton Football Club.”
Donations have come from fellow local clubs – including youth teams, fans and a former Treasurer at Hampton.
Malcolm Dolphin said: “I was proud to be a founder member and the first Treasurer of the Club, what has happened is a terrible setback to all the hard work I know the organisers put into the success this club has achieved.”
David Portman said: “On behalf of Coldland Colts your neighbour really sorry to read what has happened anything we can do please let us know.”
And Denise Delahunty wrote: “It’s so important to keep these local clubs going.
“Come on Silhillians, we have more than our fair share of international men and women in football.
“Our next might be from this ground.”
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