MEMBERS of Liversedge Football Club were overwhelmed by the response to an appeal for donations following a break-in.
The Clayborn club was ransacked last week. Thieves smashed two windows and took bar stock, new training gear and a wheelbarrow.
The committee launched an appeal on Saturday to raise £1,500 to fix the damage and replace what was stolen.
In just over 48 hours they got £1,161 plus offers to replace the training gear.
Club president Bob Gawthorpe said they closed the appeal on Monday because of how well things went. He said: “We would like to thank everyone for all the kind-hearted donations. We are quite moved by it all and very grateful.”
A club statement said: “On Saturday morning we set up a JustGiving page to enable people to donate to us to replace the stolen items and repair the damage.
“We didn’t know what to expect and it’s fair to say that we’ve been more than overwhelmed by the response we’ve had. To raise £1,161 in a little over 48 hours is very touching and it goes to show that there is still a ‘football family’ out there who cares about the grassroots.
“If you still wish to contribute something then we would like to suggest that you come and support the team at one of our upcoming home games or if you are too far away then go along to watch one of your local non-league teams and give them your support.
“The committee would like to put on record its heartfelt thanks to all who have donated money, made offers of replacement training gear, promoted the JustGiving page and our story, or wished the club well.
“It means a lot to us and we are incredibly humbled and grateful.”
Significant donations came from MP Tracy Brabin (£100) and Ossett Albion director Simon Turfrey (£500).
Police are appealing for information about the break in on November 22nd by contacting the 101 number quoting reference 13170549671.