Community soccer club hosts charity match to raise money for blind veterans

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The North Wales Dragons host their final fundraising match at 7.30pm on Friday September 23 at the Llandudno FC stadium against charity team Cheshire Autism FC.

The North Wales Dragons were established in 2008 to support good causes. They use football as a vehicle to raise funds and awareness for local and national charities.

Donations will be collected during the game and a raffle will also be organised.

Matt Spruce, 41, and from Colwyn Bay, is the club’s match secretary as well as a manager and player. Matt is no stranger to fundraising for Blind Veterans UK.

He said: “I joined the British Army when I was 16 and served for 23 years as a combat medical technician with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

“During my time, I served in several operations, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, and witnessed firsthand the devastating injuries sustained by our service members.

“I find it incredibly humbling to see the work that military charities do to improve the lives of those who have suffered life-altering injuries.

“Being from North Wales it is great that there is such an amazing national charity in Llandudno providing such amazing service and as a team we are honored to be able to support the work of Blind Veterans UK our way.

“To date I have raised around £30,000 for various charities including Blind Veterans UK, who I raised funds for with a 24 hour row-a-thon. Blind Veterans UK makes a real difference to the military veteran community, a group close to my heart.

Speaking to Matt before the game, he said:

“I love the occasion of the games. We do everything we can to make the matchday experience memorable for all players.

“We train once a week and have players aged between 18 and 63, but we don’t play in a league and we don’t play for results, we only play around eight games a year and they’re all for charity.

“Our aim is to make football inclusive for everyone and to promote good mental health. This match will be special, I know that every penny raised will make the difference.

The North Wales Dragons have already raised over £400 for Blind Veterans UK. If you would like to help the team raise even more money, please visit their Just Giving page here: justgiving.com/north-wales-dragons-blind-veterans

Blind Veterans UK supports thousands of blind veterans across the country, but knows that many thousands more still need its support to rebuild their lives after losing their sight.

If you, or someone you know, has served in the armed forces, including national service, and are currently experiencing vision loss, please contact us. Call 0800 389 7979 or visit blindveterans.org.uk/support

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