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Spireites Badges Raise Funds for Charity

17 April 2014

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Badges produced to commemorate Chesterfield's appearance in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final have raised a four-figure sum for Ashgate Hospice.

Spireites director Ashley Carson, who is a supporter of Ashgate Hospice, commissioned 400 badges which were snapped-up in the Club Superstore at the Proact, raising a total of £1,200 for the charity.

Explaining the thinking behind the initiative, Carson said: "We were trying to think of something we could do to include the fans of the football club in a fundraising effort.

"There are many fans here at the club who think very highly of Ashgate, so we came up with the idea of a badge. The total we raised was a fantastic amount of money."

Emily Evans, corporate and events manager at Ashgate Hospice, said: "It was quite a unique way to support us, especially with the Wembley angle.

"Our partnership with each other has been going on for quite a few years now. I think it's important that we maintain links with the community and local businesses.

"Currently our running costs are just under £6m and we're caring for around 7,000 patients and their families in our area. It is absolutely paramount that people continue to support us."

*Emily Evans from Ashgate Hospice is pictured receiving a cheque from Ashley Carson.

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