Youth fundraiser close to passing major milestone
YOUR business could be the one which take pledges to The Century Club beyond the £5,000 mark.
Companies from near and far have thrown their weight behind the initiative, which aims to raise £20,000 for Grimsby Town's Youth department.
More than 20 businesses have already signed up to the scheme, which is run jointly by the club and the Grimsby Telegraph.
All proceeds will help Youth team boss Adam Smith and Academy manager Alan Lamb produce the next batch of Young Mariners.
And Town commercial manager Dave Smith has been delighted with the response so far.
"We'd like to say a big, big thank you to all those who have committed to help out so far – it will make a massive difference," he said.
"We've already got more than 20 companies involved in the initiative and we're up to nearly £5,000 in pledges.
"We're absolutely delighted – it will help us hugely with the funding that we need to keep the Youth set-up going, and as strong as it can possibly be.
"Hopefully people and businesses will continue to support it, not just this season but into next year as well."
With £15,000 still needed to reach the Century Club target, Smith – who made more than 100 appearances for Town – has urged more companies to sign up.
"There has been a lot of interest," he added. "People have seen it in the Grimsby Telegraph and like what they see.
"As well as helping the club, companies like the write-ups they get in the local paper, which help to raise their profiles.
"We'd love more companies to get onboard. The funding gap is quite large now that we haven't got any grants from the Football League.
"So the more people that subscribe, the better it is for the set-up and youngsters here.
"One company has even taken up more than one Century Club slot, which is great way to boost the fund if you can spare more than £200."