Tigers launch ‘pay what you want’ scheme for big derby clash and link up with bereavement charity appeal

Worksop Town 7-0 Retford United. Tom Elliott in action.'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 20th September 2014''Jon Knight 07825 047766
Worksop Town 7-0 Retford United. Tom Elliott in action.'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 20th September 2014''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Worksop Town have invited supporters to pay whatever they want for the Bassetlaw derby.

Tigers will host local rivals Retford United at Sandy Lane on Wednesday 4th November, when Mark Shaw’s men will hope to replicate last year’s success against the Badgers.

Fans certainly got their money’s worth last season, when Worksop thumped Retford 7-0.

But this season, entry to the game will cost fans just £1, unless they want to pay more.

And to add to the game’s feelgood factor, Tigers will be teaming up with local fundraisers to drum up cash for a bereavement room for parents at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Keith and Emma Hampson, who lost their stillborn daughter Evelyn in January, will hold a bucket collection at the match and they’re indebted to Worksop Town for the support.

Keith said: “After losing our daughter we wanted to do something to help families in similar situations.

“Bassetlaw Hospital is not really set up to accommodate stillborn families, and we heard about a trust fund set up to convert a room on the labour ward.

“The trust fund target is £35,000, of which around £20,000 has been raised so far by people of Bassetlaw.

“I was delighted when Worksop Town contacted me offering their support. It’s nice to see the football club working and putting support back into the community.”

Tigers chairman Kevin Keep hopes that the ‘Pay What You Want’ scheme will bring new faces into the ground on 4th November, and that supporters will get behind the charity collection.

“Worksop Town is a very committed club that works closely with local charity organisations and we would like to see not only the fans but the general  public attend the Bassetlaw derby.

“Please come along and help the Tigers raise funds for the Bassetlaw Hospital labour ward, giving Keith and his wife Emma the chance to fulfil their ambition of providing a private room for families of stillborn babies, in memory of their daughter.”

First team captain Conor Higginson echoed Keep’s call: “This is a worthy charity which is something that is close to mine and my family’s hearts.

“Please come and support our club in a local derby and raise necessary funds for this much needed and worthwhile cause.”

Meanwhile Tigers have another two big home games this week, with the visits of Barton Town on Saturday and title rivals Tadcaster Albion on Wednesday.