The Bolton Bulls wheelchair basketball club provides wheelchair basketball to people of all ages, disabilities and gender from all over the North West of England including Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan and Stockport.
As regular readers will already be aware, Bolton Bulls have been working with a cluster of primary schools from the Little Lever and Kearsley area of Bolton; we have been their chosen charity for their M.I.L.E. awards work. More details on that can be found in the previous blog about this.
Monday night was the culmination of all that hard work, as they hosted their 4th annual M.I.L.E. awards presentation evening at Kearsley Academy. Myself, Steve and Sacha went along to represent Bolton Bulls. (reserved V.I.P. seats and everything. It was very exciting.) The evening itself was a celebration to highlight and reward the very talented children from the various schools within the cluster. Trophies were handed out and we were treated to various forms of entertainment from songs and gymnastics, to street dance and musical theatre; and pretty much everything in between. It was an excellent show; imagine the Oscars meets Britain’s Got Talent. But better.
A very nervous Chairman Steve presented the award for Best Teamwork and promptly forgot to hand the winning team their trophy. (Presumably in an attempt to re-purpose it to the rather bare Bolton Bulls trophy cabinet.) He had just enough time to get over that, before being presented with the cheques from all the fund-raising which the schools have been doing for us. Well, this is the bit I’m going to struggle with because frankly, I’m lost for words (Not really ideal for a blog post). It’s fair to say that the schools of Little Lever and Kearsley did absolutely amazing work and they raised, for Bolton Bulls, £1,750 through Ebay auctions, and a further £1450 through events in the schools.
I doubt you need me to tell you that’s £3,200 (All figures are approximate, and correct at time of writing) Wow. On behalf of everyone involved with Bolton Bulls, we thank all the pupils and staff that worked so hard and raised all that money. And I too, personally thank you. Thank you for understanding why Bolton Bulls is important. If I could hug you all, I would. In fact, if you were involved with the M.I.L.E. awards and you want a hug, come see me. :) Everyone involved with the M.I.L.E. awards should be incredibly proud of themselves, and each other. It has been a pleasure to be involved with.
There’s even more fund-raising news.... We have received some very generous donations from a couple of Rotary clubs in the Bolton area. Myself and Steve attended a lovely lunch at Horwich Rotary where we did our presentation; (we’re getting good at that, you know. There was talk of us going into after-dinner speaking. ;)) and they presented us with two cheques: one from the club for £600 and a personal donation from the club president of £100. We were also presented with a cheque from Westhoughton Rotary club for £1000, which was collected by Bull’s players Graeme and Dave. Thank you to both Rotary clubs for their generous donations and fantastic hospitality.
As you can see, there’s no such thing as off-season for Bolton Bulls. The hard work MUST continue both on and off court into the new season and beyond to make sure we are never in the situation that we found ourselves in just four short months ago. Once more, a HUGE thank you to everyone involved with fund-raising. Be in no doubt, you have saved this club. Speaking personally that means a whole hell of a lot. Thank you.
We’re back to training Thursday night (5th July) 8:30pm till 10:30pm at Smithills Sports Centre. If you fancy trying your hand at wheelchair basketball, now would be a good time, before we get into the season proper. So come down and compliment me on my excellent blog writing skills, as they’re considerably better than my basketball ones. Sessions are open to everyone, even if you play for another team.