Posted by: Will Sendel
Thu 27th April 2023
Alfreton Town Supporters’ Association raised an impressive £1,500 for the club with a sponsored walk on Sunday (April 23).
Despite the miserable weather, 28 hardy souls braved the elements and embarked on the Reds’ Amber Valley Ramble – a walk around the Alfreton countryside.
Mark Thorpe, treasurer for the supporters association, said: “It was disappointing with the weather but it managed to clear up throughout the day. It was a cracking atmosphere.
“We had one or two slip on their backsides and it was quite tiring with it being heavy underfoot but we all encouraged each other.
“Everyone went at a similar pace. We had three pub stops on the way and everyone was ready for a rest when we got to each one.”
After the walk, everyone returned to the Victoria Inn, on Nottingham Road, for some well-earned refreshments and a fundraising prize draw.
Mark told the Spirit of Alfreton that he was pleased with how the day went.
He said: “It proved a successful fundraising operation with the draw as well in the evening. Quite a few met us when we got back to the Victoria Inn. The staff at the Victoria had put on a buffet for everyone who did the walk, and we did the draw later.
“The walk and the draw managed to raise about £1,300, and if you include the bucket collection at Saturday’s game it comes to £1,500 raised over the weekend which we’re delighted with.
“We donate the money through monthly payments which means it’s guaranteed income for the club. They can put that straight into the operating budget so they can factor in the same amount. Hopefully it’ll go a long way in helping us break even for the season.”
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