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A gift that keeps on giving
Wednesday 5th February 2014

A sponsorship by a five star holiday home park in North Wales has begun a sequence of events enabling a gift that just keeps on giving!


When Plas Coch Holiday Homes on Anglesey decided to sponsor the Wirral’s Barnstoneworth United FC; the club, in turn, decided to support Plas Coch’s chosen charity of the year, Awyr Las.  Awyr Las is the umbrella charity for over 300 funds that support patients in hospitals and patients receiving care and treatment in the community. Their decision to support this particular charity is to assist Rachel Venables, their marketing manager, in her fundraising efforts for Awyr Las.

Rachel says “I have cancer once again in my life, I battled this back in 2008 and won but unfortunately it’s returned and this time the battle is a harder one as this time, it won’t go away but hopefully, contain it for many years to come. The care of the specialists and nurses at  the Cancer Centre - Glan Clwyd has been amazing and I want to give something back to them to thank them and support them to help others too by buying essential equipment like a new "Vein Finder Machine" which helps with care and discomfort for the patient and staff.”

Wirral based Barnstoneworth United FC has a legend which goes before it. The club’s name is taken from the fabled Barnstoneworth United FC in ‘Golden Gordon’ in the British Monty Python  spin off series ‘Ripping Yarns’, in which actor Michael Palin plays the character of Gordon Ottershaw a loyal fan of the football club.  Mr Michael Palin CBE is President of the real life Wirral football club, Barnstoneworth United. The club attracts supporter’s world wide.

Andy Price one of the founders of the club says, ”When we decided to name our club after Barnstoneworth United, it was purely for the fact that we thought in our inaugural year we were going to be as poor as they were in their final season with Played: 36 - Drawn: 0 - Lost: 36! Actually we turned out to be quite good recently beating Wales FC over 40’s 1:0. We also had no idea how popular Golden Gordon was and the legend of Barnstoneworth United still lives on throughout the world today, particularly in Australia.

For our players it’s about keeping as fit as we can to play as long as we can, but Cancer can strike anyone at any time, no matter how fit and healthy your are. So when Plas Coch Holiday Homes agreed to be our sponsor and show us support, which we were obviously delighted about, in return we decided to show our support for Rachel’s charity, Awyr Las. And we will continue that support throughout 2014 and beyond.”