The Shots Trust’s sponsored walk to Maidenhead last weekend raised a magnificent total of £4026 for Boost the Budget!
Led by Director Tommy Anderson and Shots Trust Vice-Chairman Robin Carder, seven Shots fans undertook the 22-mile walk from the EBB Stadium to The Magpie’s York Road ground before enjoying a thrilling 3-3 draw.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have hit over the £4,000 mark, and my utmost respect goes out to the hundreds of Shots fans who have backed us in their numbers and enabled us to reach this figure,” said Tommy. “Our original target was £1,500, so to raise as much as we have is really overwhelming!
“The money raised will now go into our Boost the Budget coffers and is available to Gary as and when he needs it. I will be speaking with Gary in the next day or two to determine where we can best use the money raised. Once again, I want to thank each and every supporter for their great backing and also the six other hardy walkers for their efforts and endeavours in making the walk such a great success!”
Having left Aldershot at 6.20am, the seven walkers – also including Steve and Hayley Jordan, Darrell Woodford and Martin and Freddy Snell – headed down the Queen’s Avenue and through Farnborough, Frimley, Camberley, Swinley Forest, Martin’s Heron, Winkfield and Holyport on their way to Maidenhead.
Nine-year-old Freddy and his father acted as the initial pacesetter and exceeded expectations by making it to the 12-mile point before allowing the remaining five walkers to continue their route, and was reunited with the group 200 yards from the finishing line!
Launched in September 2016, Boost the Budget has already helped Aldershot Town to sign several key players, including Ipswich Town loanees Kundai Benyu, Adam McDonnell and George Fowler and Oxford United winger Johnny Giles.
All money raised goes directly towards manager Gary Waddock’s playing budget, and said: “What Tommy has done is fantastic – he’s worked extremely hard for me. The fans have been magnificent in supporting me through this initiative, and I’m particularly grateful to those who undertook the walk last weekend.
“We’re looking to push the Club forward and these players have all made a big impact on the pitch. Boost the Budget has already been massive for us, last season and now this one as well. We hope that everybody can play their part in creating a very bright future for Aldershot Town.”
Boost the Budget is an easy way to increase the funds available to Gary. Members will also be entered into a regular prize draw.
To join, simply complete the standing order form (downloadable here as a Word document or here as a PDF) or instruct your bank to set up a standing order payable to Aldershot Town Supporters Society Limited, via Barclays Bank, Sort Code 20-45-45 and Account Number 80448699, with ‘BTB’ as the reference.
Alternatively, one-off or periodic donations are greatly appreciated, either by bank transfer or cheques made payable to Aldershot Town Supporters Society Limited.