My Club Lotto winner plans to Chip in and help his club
London, June 8th, 2020
Gloucester man Andy Wildgoose, one of the country’s unsung key workers, has scooped a very welcome £3,000 in these tough times – thanks to My Club Lotto.
Chipping Sodbury FC fan Wildgoose bought a My Club Lotto 50/50 lottery ticket last month immediately after the Western League Premier side joined a growing band of football, rugby, cricket and other grassroots sports clubs taking advantage of the revenue sharing scheme and other commercial services offered by MyClubMarket.
Local resident Wildgoose, 55, purchased his ticket via www.myclublotto.co.uk and came up trumps. It is well deserved for the big-hearted charity worker and carer. And the club will also benefit financially to the tune of £300 as part of My Club’s unique lotto game which helps bolster the coffers of grassroots clubs.
“Brilliant,” said Mr. Wildgoose. “It means I can afford to go on holiday soon for the first time in about 15 years. I’m not thinking of going abroad – I much prefer the idea of going up to the Lake District. For one thing, the fish and chips will be better there than abroad, apart from all the other complications of travelling overseas at the moment.
“Also, I will use some of the money to help one of our teams (Chipping Sodbury currently run six) buy some new kit.”
Wildgoose has been unable to holiday for over a decade because he has been the prime carer for his 94-year-old mother in between working for a local Blue Cross Charity Shop. Prior to that, Andy spent over 10 years working for a homeless charity helping those with the drink and drug addictions.
“The impact of Lockdown has been tough for everyone. In my case I have been Furloughed from a job in the charity shop, so took the decision to be become sole carer for my mother because we didn’t want the added complications of assistant carers coming in,” said the humble Wildgoose.
“It was only last week that I took my mother out from home in her wheelchair for the first time in 10 weeks. Family and friends have helped bring in food. It’s not been easy, but we don’t want my mother to go into a care home, so when I go on my holiday, thanks to the My Club Lotto win, other members will come to look after her.”
Despite his domestic and charity work commitments, Andy also finds time to sit on the Chipping Sodbury Football Club committee and also produces the match-day programme and runs the website. So, he certainly deserves some respite.
Wildgoose was once a fervent Bristol Rovers fan but, like a growing number of football fans, became disillusioned with the trappings, baggage and cost of the professional game, and prefers the grassroots.
“As a Rovers fan, I go back to the days of the Bruce Bannister/Alan Warboys ‘Smash &Grab’ strike partnership. I still have a place in my heart for the Rovers and will look out for their results but, like many people, I prefer to support my local side these days. I have been a Chipping Sodbury fan for a long time now and I’m looking forward to when we start playing again.
“No-one seems quite how long that will be, though. So, I’m fairly sure the holiday I plan to take, thanks to this My Club Lotto win, means I won’t mean I will miss any games.”