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Saddlers academy star recognised for phenomenal fundraising achievements

27 October 2022


Saddlers academy star recognised for phenomenal fundraising achievements

27 October 2022

Walsall Under 12s’ player Robbie Fletcher recently won a BBC Make A Difference award after he raised an incredible £13,000 for LOROS hospice.

Robbie, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, has been fundraising in memory of his mother, Denise, who sadly passed away. 

He was keen to help LOROS and do something positive after they provided support for his mother and his family and he’s completed a number of activities to raise vital funds.

“My mum had cancer and she sadly passed away but we went to LOROS hospice and they did so much for my family and my mum so I decided that I wanted to do something and give back,” Robbie said.

“I said to them could I have a form to do some fundraising and they said yes.

“The initial target came in within the first 15 minutes. I was trying to hit £500 and I wasn’t expecting to hit it within the first 15 minutes but we left it overnight and we have some people from New Zealand coming in and donating!”

“In March last year, I ran 100 miles, well actually we did a bit more, we ran 132 miles and then I arranged a game between the Walsall coaches and my brother’s old team, Barwell Under-21s and that raised about £1,000.”

Robbie is not stopping there and has more activities in mind as he aims to raise more money.

“We are looking to do more,” he revealed.

“In the summer next year, I want to run back from Wembley to Leicester. I have written to Top, the Leicester City owner, to carry on from Alan Birchenall running around the stadium on the last game of the season. He did it for 40 years and raised a lot of money for charity but sadly he can’t do it any more so I would like to carry on from him.”

The money Robbie has raised is already making a big difference and he hopes that the extra funds will help save lives.

“We went in to the hospice as they do little workshops with people who have lost a parent which is amazing,” he commented.

“We went in and they have a new part of LOROS after I had done all of my fundraising so if my money has gone to something where there are two more rooms, it could save two more people’s lives and even more in the future, that would mean so much to me.

“It is very heart-warming for me but if it wasn’t for LOROS, I wouldn’t have this so thank you to everyone who donated because it means so much to my family and I.”

The hospice were keen to thank Robbie for his support and highlight his fantastic work.

LOROS CEO Rob Parkinson said: “Robbie is a real inspiration to everyone here at LOROS.

"He’s lost his Mum, an utterly devastating event, but used that to do so much good, and help so many other people.

“He’s an incredible young man and on behalf of the whole LOROS community, I’d like to say a huge thank you to him and his family.”

Walsall Academy Manager Rob Williams is also proud of Robbie for what he has achieved but also the strength of character he has shown which has also helped him progress with his football.

“Robbie joined the academy as an under nine and since then, he has progressed through to the under 12 age group and has shown he can overcome the challenges he has faced at such an early age," Williams said. 

“Despite missing training sessions and games on occasions where family came first, Robbie always showed great resilience and focus to learn and improve as a footballer.

“He has played in a range of positions and is enjoying playing as a midfielder and defender, showing he can win the ball back and play forwards with confidence.

“He is a leader within the group, has been chosen as a representative for the player voice group where players from each age group pass on feedback to the Club.

“We look forward to seeing Robbie’s development over this season and everyone at the academy is extremely proud of his achievements.”

To donate and help support LOROS, click here to head to Robbie's JustGiving page. 

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