West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) has raised thousands of pounds for The Phil Welsh Welfare Fund from a football charity event held on Sunday 9th August at Toryglen indoor arena.
The event featured four teams competing for the Phil Welsh trophy. The inaugural winners of the trophy were UTD Sports, who also provide football coaching sessions for youngsters at WWHC’s Centre Circle sports pitch.
The Phil Welsh Welfare Fund was established following the passing of Phil Welsh MBE, a founder member and original chair of WWHC, in 2013.
The event was sponsored by Npower with a number of raffle prizes being kindly donated by WWHC contractors and local businesses.
Paul Farrell, director of WWHC, said: “The event was an outstanding success and was fundamentally about 3 things. Firstly, a commemoration of Phil Welsh, who was a massive influence on everyone at WWHC. Secondly it was about raising a significant sum of money to support the Phil Welsh Welfare Fund, and thirdly it was about having fun, with all spectators and players thoroughly enjoying the day.”
The Phil Welsh Welfare Fund helps alleviate poverty in West Whitlawburn by providing food parcels, grants and loans to anyone in West Whitlawburn who is suffering from the effects of poverty and hardship.
Phil Welsh Jnr added: “It was a great day, a fantastic tribute to my dad and knowing the poorest in our society will benefit from the proceeds is really heartening.”