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Children take part in the Milligan and McCann Football Academy's charity day for Hospice Heroes
Children take part in the Milligan and McCann Football Academy's charity day for Hospice Heroes
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Former football pros have helped raise more than £350 for our Hospice Heroes appeal.

Coaches at Milligan and McCann Football Academy, run by Fleetwood Town’s Jamie Milligan and former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Gavin McCann, held free football sessions as a way of giving something back to the parents who have supported the academy over the years.

Blackpool FC Youth Squad and Staff.'Jamie Milligan

Blackpool FC Youth Squad and Staff.'Jamie Milligan

And to further support the community, a collection was made for our campaign for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

Coach Andy Hodgen said: “We normally charge per child, but we decided to make the event free, asking only for a donation to charity.

“We’ve raised between £360 and £370 for Hospice Heroes which is great to say we only did it from 10am to 3pm.

“We are really impressed to have raised so much, and we’re already planning to hold 
another one in the summer.”

The academy was set up by ex-Blackpool FC player Jamie and Gavin to give their sports knowledge to the community.

They visit schools across the Fylde coast to offer after school and weekend coaching to local children.

The charity day was held at Lytham St Annes high school last month.

Mr Hodgen said: “We were thinking about people who don’t have it as good as others, and were thinking about the bigger picture when we decided on Trinity Hospice for our charity.

“We wanted a charity that was linked with the community, rather than a national charity, and that’s when 
Trinity came up.”

We launched our Hospice Heroes appeal to raise £200,000 for Trinity and Brian House on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

Our money, together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health, will be spent on creating single rooms on the adult in-patient unit as well as areas of privacy for patients and their families.

The whole unit is being redesigned and made brighter.

At Brian House the children’s bedrooms are being decorated, the lounge is being extended and the kitchen is being remodelled to make it usable for older patients.