Graham Anderson (pictured far left) an avid Oldham Athletic supporter has impressively raised £1,100 for The Royal Oldham Hospital.
On Saturday, two guests from the hospital's Pennine Lung Service joined Graham at Boundary Park to receive the donation. Remarkably, he managed to raise £1,100 for the NHS through selling pin badges to fellow fans to say thank you to the NHS for all their hardwork throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rebecca Towns, Clinical Diector and Dr Jonathon Shaw, a Respiratory Fellow were joined by Graham and club captain Carl Piergianni before kick-off to present North Care Charity with a signed ‘NHS Thank You’ plaque from the first team and to celebrate the great work Graham has done to raise the funds.
Graham explained the reasons behind the idea, saying; "I spent quite a bit of time in the Royal Oldham Hospital last year with Covid-19 in April/May 2020 and then into two different care homes before I finally got back home.
"The care and attention that I received was superb from all levels of staff. The lowest point whilst in the hospital was when I was asked to sign a 'do not resuscitate' form, so they could put me into the Intensive Care Unit.
"So far, we have managed to sell just under 300 badges and have about 40 left which includes an old club crest, so if anyone would like to purchase a badge please get in touch.
"After careful consideration I have decided to give the money to the Pennine Lung Service, a department within The Royal Oldham Hospital that cares for people with extreme breathing problems and difficulties. Hopefully this money will help support the department with their great work!"
Oldham Athletic would like to congratulate Graham for all his hardwork and determination during what has been an extremely difficult period.
To contact Graham direct to order a pin badge, please click here.