Wolverhampton wheelchair charity POWER PLEAS are again combining with Tettenhall Rotary Club to mark their Fourth ‘Rachael’s Day’ with their annual Molineux collection, taking place before the Premier League fixture with Norwich City on Sunday 23 February at 2pm.
The annual collection was launched by Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint all the way back in 1995, and the day has been named as a tribute in her honour since her passing in 2017.
The fantastic generosity of Wolves fans over those years has helped provide wheelchairs or mobility aids for young people from our locality to enhance their lives and enable their participation in sport. This year we are aiming to provide Jamie Wiffen, who plays for our local Powered Wheelchair Football Team, with a Sports Wheelchair.
“POWER PLEAS has been providing local children with much-need mobility machines for so many years, making a huge and immediate benefit to their quality of life, and I am always pleased to help in any way that I can,” said Charity Patron Richard Skirrow, who served as Wolves Club Secretary for 20 years.
“Wolves have always enjoyed a close relationship with the charity, and I know how much it meant to Rachael, who threw herself behind their fundraising with her customary vigour and enthusiasm.”
Richard will receive a cheque at half-time for over £7,000 from Scott and Caroline Tuckwell, being the amount raised so far in memory of their son Oliver who received a Trike from POWER PLEAS. Scott and Caroline have pledged to raise enough money for a Trike since their only child Oliver died last year.
Keith Berry, Chairman of POWER PLEAS, added, “Rachael was a constantly dedicated and passionate supporter of POWER PLEAS, both by facilitating our collection with Tettenhall Rotary Club and other fundraising initiatives with the Lady Taverners.
“We are hugely grateful to Wolves and the massive support of Tettenhall Rotary Club for this annual boost to our voluntary work.
“POWER PLEAS has, in its history, supported over 200 children with powered wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs, walking frames and therapeutic beds, which has helped them gain independence and enhanced their day-to-day lives.
“We would also like to thank Will Clowes, and all at Wolves Foundation, for their continuing backing, and patrons such as Jacqui Oatley and Richard Skirrow, both of whom were close friends of Rachael and have been very supportive of our activities.”
Fans are encouraged to support the collection before the Norwich game, if possible, or to donate, and add Gift Aid, by visiting www.goldengiving.com/secure/donation/power-please-trust