The Northern Premier League Board of Directors have kick-started this season’s fundraising efforts for the league’s charity partners.
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation were chosen as the NPL’s official charity partner, in memory of former Shaw Lane player Wilkinson, who collapsed on the pitch while playing in a cup match against Brighouse Town.
Donations of £250 have been made to each organisation by the NPL Board of Directors following a recent Management Committee meeting.
Board member, Neville Wigglesworth, said: “Clubs are already buying into the screening process for their players at various centres throughout the north of England and hopefully the League’s generosity will stimulate the clubs to do their bit in fundraising during the course of the current season.
“Money raised goes some way to ensuring that the chance of further such tragedies are reduced, while also preserving the memory of former NPL player Daniel Wilkinson.
“We look forward to hearing of clubs’ various efforts at fundraising throughout the season.”
All 62 clubs throughout the league have been supplied with posters and leaflets to display in their respective social clubs in order to raise awareness of undiagnosed heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death.
Prescot Cables are already working with CRY through their own partnership with the Jack Riding Foundation, which was established in memory of the 18-year-old, who passed away last summer after falling ill during a game of five-a-side.
Club Secretary Matt Roberts, who is a trustee of the Jack Riding Foundation, said: “The work done by CRY is vital and is something that we are proud to support. The club has already staged a charity match in Jack’s honour which raised a significant amount of money and we will continue to do what we can to combat sudden cardiac death.”
Every week in the UK, at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. CRY also provides bereavement support for families and fast-trick expert pathology investigations.
Most of the monies raised for CRY go towards funding the numerous screening sessions put on by the charity throughout the country.