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Charity cash helps children

Underprivileged children will be able to keep playing the football they love thanks to a charity donation.

Sheffield charity Help a Child Have a Chance has donated £1,000 to the Wisewood Juniors Football Club to ensure its members can play for another year.

The club was set up in 1988 to keep children off the streets and out of trouble. But recently the young members have been struggling to find the money to pay for their annual subscription fees.

The money, which will help pay the fees, was donated as part of the charity’s 12 Days of Christmas appeal, run in association with Sheffield’s The Star newspaper.

Wisewood founder Brian Smith said the football club provides all of the players’ equipment, training facilities, kits and pitches for games.

He added: “Our yearly subscriptions as a result are competitive, but for some underprivileged children they appear daunting.

“Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, quite a few of our children were finding it hard to meet their yearly subscriptions.”

The 12 Days of Christmas appeal has also paid for a day out for teenager Elliott Smith, aged 16, who lost his twin sister Naomi suddenly to leukaemia.

The Blades fan was treated to a day out at the Sheffield United ground Bramall Lane, including a tour of the stadium, a meal and tickets to watch a game from an executive suite.

Elliot was nominated by Teresa Roche, his headteacher at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School. She said: “Naomi was a strong, healthy girl. Her diagnosis and sudden death has been a horrendous shock for all her friends, and especially her family.”

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