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Saints alive! Charity boost for rehab team

A Midland football club has raised £660 for BCHC's inpatient neurological rehabilitation unit (INRU) as a gesture of thanks for the care given to a supporter’s mum.

Oswestry-based New Saints Ladies FC held an end-of-season charity match between coaches and parents’ players to raise money for the Moseley Hall Hospital unit.

The fundraising effort also included a raffle with a top prize of an England shirt signed by the senior ladies’ squad, arranged and donated by England and Notts County defender Laura Bassett. 

The club, newly promoted to the Midlands Premier League, chose the unit as a gesture of gratitude for the care given to Vanda Wynn, whose son Will is a supporter and volunteer helper at the club. His girlfriend, Hannah, is a member of the playing squad.

New Saints Ladies & INRU
Will Wynn (second from left) and Joe Thompson (second from right) present the INRU team with a cheque for the money raised.

Vanda underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour in 2011. Although successful, it left her unable to communicate. She was referred to INRU for rehabilitation after a further operation to fit a titanium plate in her skull,

Will said: “All the nurses and therapists that looked after her were absolutely brilliant. Although it’s been a tough journey, she absolutely loved the team at Moseley Hall and she became friendly with some of the other patients too.

“She’s come on in leaps and bounds thanks to the care and support she’s received and, although her communication skills are not what they were before the operation, she can engage very well with family members now.

“I’m grateful to two teams – INRU and New Saints – for the amazing support they’ve given our family.”

First team coach Joe Thompson said: “The idea is for the club to hold a charity fundraiser every year and choose a good cause that is personal to us in some way.

“We’re just very pleased to be able to show our support for Will and Vanda and for the team who helped her rehabilitation. A ‘thank you’ from one successful team to another!”