Kind hearted football fans who donned masks of Blackpool FC manager Paul Ince have raised thousands for charity.
Before Blackpool’s 1-0 derby win over Wigan, fans were lining up to get one of the 10,000 masks.
They were produced by The Gazette and Radio Wave to make sure the Guv’nor’s presence was still felt at Bloomfield Road – despite his five match FA disciplinary ban.
In return for a mask – made by Cleveleys-based MyMask.co.uk – fans gave generously to both The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal and Variety: A Children’s Charity.
And a stunning £4,700 was donated on the day.
Trinity’s fund-raising manager Linzi Young said: “It was brilliant and far exceeds what we thought we would raise. People have given so generously and the whole event was done in really good spirit.”
Glenn Bowley, chairman of the Blackpool Supporters’ Association, said: “To raise almost £5,000 is a great effort by Blackpool fans. We don’t condone what Paul Ince did, but to turn that negative into a positive and help two charities is a great effort by all concerned.”