Aldershot Town’s very own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge raised £1100 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice last Saturday.
The Challenge, accepted by Shots Chairman Shahid Azeem and former Aldershot Town player Paul Shrubb, took place on the pitch at half-time in The Shots’ Vanarama Conference game against Grimsby Town.
Watch the Challenge here , as groundsman Andy Nunn and Club Captain Chris Barker deliver the drenchings!
Guildford-born Shrubb, a Motor Neurone Disease sufferer who also acts as a mentor for MND patients at the Hospice, was given two years to live by doctors in 2006, but with the help of the Hospice continues to regularly attend Aldershot Town matches. He played 233 matches for Aldershot and the reformed Aldershot Town, as well as playing for Fulham, Brentford, Woking, Fleet Town and Cove.
Azeem said: “This challenge was not only to raise much-needed funds for the Hospice but also highlight the tremendous work that the Phyllis Tuckwell has carried out for 35 years. It was also fitting that a professional footballer and local legend, Paul Shrubb, has benefitted from the support of the Hospice. This was the Club’s small way of saying ‘thank you’.”
Georgi Robinson-Welch, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Phyliis Tuckwell Hospice, said: “We are thrilled that Paul and Shahid took on this challenge for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, and would like to thank them for their support. People are often unaware of the range of services that hospices offer those with Motor Neurone Disease, so fundraising events like this raise not only much-needed financial support but also create awareness of the disease. We would also like to thank those who have donated so generously in response to this challenge!”
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is the only adult Hospice caring for terminally ill people and their families across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire. It serves over half a million residents, providing Specialist Palliative Care to adult patients and their families affected by a terminal illness, such as cancer, heart, lung or neurological disease. Every day, it supports over 140 patients and their families, either at home, in the community or at the Hospice. Central funding covers less than 15% of the Hospice’s costs, meaning that it needs to raise over £15,000 each day to maintain its exceptional levels of clinical care and support. For further information, visit www.pth.org.uk or call 01252 729462