Thunder raises £1,000 for England Amputee Football Association

Manchester Thunder raises £1,000 for England Amputee Football Association in charity clash with Australia.

A match between Manchester Thunder and the Australia Diamonds national side has raised £1,000.

The funds were donated to the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) following the match between the Commonwealth and World Champions and a Thunder Select team.

EAFA supports the development of players and helps to create more footballing opportunities for amputees and those with limb affecting disabilities.

The charity caters for various levels from development sessions and juniors right through to the EAFA league and cup competitions.

All programs are funded by the players or EAFA’s fundraising efforts.  The event was organised in association with Manchester City Council.

A spokesman from the EAFA said: “This extremely generous donation from Manchester Thunder Netball, and their supporters, will have a huge effect on the charity and its ability to carry out its work especially in this year where the GBAF team are looking to honour the memory of captain Tom Jordan who sadly passed away this year after losing his battle with cancer.”

The exhibition match in July was a final warm-up for the Aussies, before the squad headed to Glasgow where they would go on to win gold, beating rivals New Zealand in the final.

By Denise Evans