Balloon funds raised by Stamford AFC’s junior teams handed over to charity

Connells branch manager John Williams, second left, with Luke Morrisons father Dougie, left, Charity 24 representative Chris Grant and Young Daniels under 12s player Thomas Walker, 12

Connells branch manager John Williams, second left, with Luke Morrisons father Dougie, left, Charity 24 representative Chris Grant and Young Daniels under 12s player Thomas Walker, 12

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YOUNG footballers handed over £200 to charity after a balloon race.

Players from Stamford AFC’s junior teams raised the money by selling balloons donated by Connells Estate Agents in November. The balloons were released before a home match with Romulus FC.

Cheques for £100 were presented by under 12s players Ashley Brewis and Thomas Walker to Dougie Morrison on behalf of The Afghanistan Soldiers Trust and to Chris Grant of Charity 24.

Mr Morrison is the father of paratrooper Pte Luke Morrison, who lost his left foot and suffered multiple injuries to his right leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.

Gifts were also presented to Thomas Walker, who collected the most donations, Chantalle Doughty who bought the first balloon found, Jacob Sewell who sold the balloon that went the furthest and his grandmother Mary Gregory who bought it.

The race was the first activity organised by the newly-formed Daniels Foundation. Foundation member Guy Walton said: “We are so proud of Thomas and Ashley for their active involvement towards this particular event.

“Our football club is keen to develop how young players understand the importance of charitable causes.”