Reds supporters ride to Bolton from Barnsley in fundraising attempt.
Reds fans Warren Wright and Sam Wogan rode the 70 miles from Oakwell to The Macron Stadium to raise funds for Barnsley District General Hospital’s Renal Unit. They left Oakwell at 5am on Saturday so they could arrive in time for the match!
Warren and Sam are both regular travellers with the Barnsley FC supporters group 'Athersley Reds' and wanted to give something back to the unit for the support and treatment they have given to the Athersley Reds group organiser, Roy Richardson, (pictured above with the two riders as they reached The Macron Stadium).
Roy, who has chronic renal failure and cardiomyopathy, spent seven years under the Renal Unit's care, receiving dialysis and support before starting home dialysis. He told us how grateful he was for the brilliant unit and its excellent staff who offer treatment to up to 36 people a day over three shifts.
So far the lads have more than doubled their target figure but donations can still be made via their just giving page HERE.
Local artist and Barnsley FC's very own Neil Richardson has donated an original piece of artwork (pictured below) to the fundraising campaign. The piece was painted after the Sunderland game entitled ‘He’s a Red’. The painting is up for raffle with tickets being available through Roy himself via the Athersley Reds on twitter HERE.
Neil Richardson writes for our official matchday magazine, BE RED and his Barnsley FC inspired paintings are available HERE through his Facebook page.
Everyone at Barnsley Football Club congratulates Warren and Sam for their terrific efforts for what is a fantastic cause.
Anyone else doing anything of this nature with a Reds affilliation, please feel free to contact us here at Oakwell and we will, as always, be more than happy to help where possible. We are more than just a club.