A WIGAN charity has issued a heartfelt thank you to Latics fans who raised hundreds of pounds to help the homeless.
Countless supporters have boycotted Latics’ away clash on Boxing Day with Leeds United in protest at the exorbitant ticket prices charged by the Yorkshire club.
But instead of pocketing the cash many big-hearted Latics supporters decided to make a donation to The Brick.
The groundswell of giving was sparked by supporter Alan Moore, whose website This Northern Soul published an article encouraging fans to boycott the game.
It said: “It’s not too much because it’s Christmas and people have lots of other expenses to deal with. It’s not too much because these are hard times and there’s not much money to go around. It’s not too much because it’s over 200 per cent more than it cost to go and watch the same game ten years ago. It’s just too much.”
However, to show this was a matter of principle and not just about money for one game, those boycotting have been encouraged to donate their ticket money to the Brick Homeless charity.
With gift aid, the total raised currently stands at around £800.
“It’s wonderful,” said Brick manager Trish Green. “We’re giving out hampers to needy families and it will go towards that. It’s such a kind gesture and we are very grateful indeed.
“I was really touched because it came out of the blue and before you knew it, it was up to £500. In about four days it just snowballed.”
Trish added: “It’s going to be a fresh turkey, fresh vegetables and food to last for three days.
“We’re also putting in children’s presents and things to make it a nice Christmas for a family.”
For fans that do want to attend the fixture at Elland Road, Latics players have dipped their hands into their pockets by offering to “go halves” with the first 500 fans to purchase tickets.
Not surprisingly, all 500 tickets have been snapped up.
The link to donate to the brick is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=LeedsBoycott&pageUrl=2.