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10 December 2022

Club News


10 December 2022

Supporters are asked to join in and once again help the University of Bradford Stadium 'Sparkle for Axl' next weekend, when the Bantams host Rochdale. 

The Bantams take on Dale in their final fixture before Christmas on December 17, with action at Valley Parade set to get underway from 3.00pm. 

Supporting the Sparkle for Axl campaign, the match will also be dedicated to Bradford Hospitals' Charity, as part of City's annual support of the organisation. 

It marks Sparkle for Axl Day yesterday (Friday December 9), where people are asked to wear sparkly clothing in an effort to help raise money to fund toys and specialist play equipment for young patients.

Axl Walker had a rare blood disorder and was a regular patient at Bradford Royal Infirmary before sadly passing away three days before his third birthday, in 2018.

Since then, Bradford Hospitals’ Charity – the official NHS charity partner of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – has raised money in his memory to ensure other young patients have access to toys to help distract them while they are in hospital.

Against Dale, the City players will warm up in Bradford Hospitals' Charity t-shirts, before supporters are asked to light their mobile phone torches bright to help Valley Parade sparkle during the half-time interval, while the Bradford Cathedral choir will be performing Christmas carols on the field.

Representatives from the charity will also be present in and around the stadium on matchday, collecting donations in buckets. 

This year will see City defender Matty Foulds appointed the club's official ambassador for Bradford Hospitals' Charity. 

He said: “It is an honour to be the new club ambassador for the Bradford Hospitals' Charity. 

“I have been at the club a few years now, and having been born in Bradford and started my youth career here, Bradford City, the city of Bradford and the local community means a lot to me. 

“When I learned of Axl's story, and having children of my own, I was very touched and wanted to help in whatever way I could.

“When you also consider the fantastic efforts of the NHS and their efforts all year round to save countless lives, this is a fantastic cause that we as a club are proud to be supporting.

“I remember the fixture last season which was dedicated to Sparkle for Axl - against Sutton United - well, and am looking forward to seeing Valley Parade sparkle again next weekend.”

Sharon Milner, Bradford Hospitals’ Charity Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bradford City again this year to raise money for our Sparkle for Axl appeal.

“We value the relationship we have with the club and its thousands of loyal supporters, who have consistently supported our charity over the years.

“Bradford City is a family club, very much in the heart of the community, so it makes sense to work with our NHS charity. Long may the partnership last!”

Claire Walker, Axl’s mum, said: “Bradford City is our local team, so having their support is massive to us.

“They have helped us over many years now, and I feel we have made a strong connection with them.

“I am especially grateful for the support they have given Axl’s big brother, Lucas. He really looks forward to bucket collecting and he sees working with his ‘team’ as one of his highlights of his year.”

For more information about the Sparkle for Axl campaign, please CLICK HERE where you can also register your interest in taking part.
To make a donation to the appeal, CLICK HERE or text AXL - followed by your donation amount - to 70085.

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