Sam Balsdon is AGAIN raising money for Torquay United’s disabled fan base.
“The disabled fan base who watch Torquay United deserve the best facilities. The toilets need upgrading for these special supporters and a new roof is required over the section for the away fans. It is hoped that sufficient money can be raised to upgrade the facilities so they can watch the football in greater comfort.”
Here at TUST we couldn’t agree more and will therefore donate £500 to the cause.
Please visit the link attached and give what you can to this very worthwhile cause to enhance the match day experience of our fellow gulls.
Thanks Rob, It has been an amazing response so far. In fact I have now upped it to £2500 as the campaign is only 5 days old and the donation period is up to the 25th April, the day of the multiple pitch circumnavigation. I am going to run it anti-clockwise. With a bit of luck there may be enough raised to do the away section in one hit. I am taking my tape measure up to Plainmoor to measure up the disabled toilets at the Ellacombe End. If there is sufficient to get them replaced then they will be portable but plumbed in properly. I may have told you there is not enough room for a disabled person and their carer in the one there at the moment. Great support, thank you all.
Just to let you know I completed the 122 laps of the pitch. It took 5hrs 32 mins. My legs are killing me at the moment. The amount raised comes to £2100. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who have contributed. This should provide a good start to get the away area done and help improve the toilets. I will find out about grants that may be available to add to the sum we have already raised. I did 72 laps anti-clockwise but the next 50 I did clockwise. The team trained on the pitch for two hours while I was doing it and they gave plenty of support. Aaron Downes went around three times with me. Had good conversations with Shaun MacDonald, Ben Wynter, Liam Davies. Really nice lads who are clearly very happy at Torquay. Congratulated Reidy on his lovely goal at Billericay. Asa Hall made me a cup of milky tea with plenty of sugar in half way through and invited me in for some pasta after their training. Haven't seen a professional team training before, very interesting, so much emphasis on attack - shooting/heading. They seem a very happy squad who get on well with each other, the enthusiasm was palpable. After all these years - an insight into the workings of my team that was new to me. So pleased for Shaun MacDonald. Invited down here last summer by Gary Owers and taken on after a trial as an understudy but has thrived and cemented his position. He hasn't been back to his home since September and is looking forward to catching up with family. A very popular member of the squad. Gary Johnstone was very chatty and interested in what I was doing. Cream crackered but it's done now, not doing any more marathons. How I love my football club.
Dear Gulls Fans - An update for you. Phase 1 of the disabled facilities (the home section) is now complete with everyone paid off. The figures are as follows: _____________________ Steel engineer £1800 SCP Totnes £2123.48 Travis Perkins £4.73 Builder £480 Total cost £4408.21 ____________________
A total of £815.27 was outstanding from Phase 1 and this was paid off by monies raised in the second marathon around the Plainmoor pitch. There is close to £2000 in the kitty to put towards the away section. I will give details of the complete amount of money received from the second marathon soon but altogether, about £6000 has been raised so far. I have all the figures should anyone want to see them. TUST have been very helpful in receiving all the online donations and making payments accordingly. There have been some fabulous donations and when all is done I will be lauding these lovely people in a fuller post. I am trying to get funding from a variety of sources but we are almost there. Warm blankets have been knitted for distribution during games. Again, this initiative was not from me but other caring supporters whose contribution I will fully comment upon later on. Superb team effort from you, the fans, TUST and the club.
My attention has been drawn to a post on the official site which appeared 2 days ago commenting on the appointment of Jo Harris as the Disability Liaison Officer at Plainmoor. This is indeed good news. I have mailed her with updates on the away section roof. She is a very nice lady and I am sure will do a good job. I spoke to the club at the end of September and they were making enquiries about possible further funding streams and obtaining other estimates for the work. We are short of about another £3500. There is £1500 in the kitty. I would not be able to do another funding scheme until the summer as there have been close family member health problems which are occupying a lot of my free time. By the way, hot water bottles are now available (changed at half time) for those who want them and thanks to Nigel and Ben and staff in the Ellacombe refreshment kiosk who provide the hot water. They couldn't be more enthusiastic or helpful.