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Barrow AFC fans rally round club with fundraising

Barrow AFC supporters have provided vital funds for the Cumbrian club, raising more than £65,000 six weeks ahead of their May deadline.

Led by the Bluebirds Trust, the fundraising effort will help fans maintain their 10% stake in the National League outfit and they are planning to raise even more.

Barrow AFC chairman Paul Hornby said: “What the supporters and trust have achieved has been nothing short of phenomenal.

“We are in unprecedented times and whilst our focus has been on family and community the continued giving and hard work has been truly amazing.”

The Bluebirds Trust raised the money via individual donations, raffles, share contributions, ebay, travel deals and much more – at one point even selling marmalade. Over the last 20 month months, supporter fundraising has put £135,000 into the club.

Chair of the trust Steve Herbert said: “This is why we are where we are, why we could support our manager, help him keep the playing squad together, refurbish the ground and gear up for league football.

“Everything we make, over our baseline, goes to in Barrow AFC to maintain a 10% stake.”

“Working, together, the way we are with the rest of the board, we will emerge intact and ready for whatever the next challenge will bring.”

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball