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Two Manchester City FC Stadium tour guides have handed over a cheque for £1,100 to the Ashton-under-Lyne based Willow Wood Hospice, following a series of fundraising events and activities.

Senior tour guide Norman Swift and guide Paul Devlin decided to raise funds for Willow Wood as both have close ties with the Hospice as it is a cause close to both of their hearts.

Paul said: "At the end of last season, Norman and I decided to do something for the Hospice and we started selling signed football photographs, which were taken by my son Anthony. We were overwhelmed by the support we received from the public."

Norman continued: "One thing led to another and when we heard that City legend Uwe Rosler was scheduled to visit the Bredbury Supporters Club, we decided to hold a City-themed night at Woodley Sports Centre to help boost the funds.

"We never expected to raise as much as we did which makes the final figure even more wonderful.

I know from personal experience what a tremendous job the Hospice does providing fantastic care for those living with a terminal illness and how this care is extended to their families as well.

...Norman Swift, MCFC tour guide


"My wife passed away in the Hospice and they looked after her very well and I wanted to try and give something back. Willow Wood has probably touched the lives of thousands of Manchester City fans one way or another and I know that this donation will go some way to ensure they will be there to help others when needed."

Head of Fundraising / PR for the Hospice, John Fellowes said: "We are extremely grateful to both Norman and Paul for such a marvellous donation and I was very interested to learn how creative they were in raising such a tremendous figure.

"Willow Wood has enjoyed a long lasting relationship with the club and supporters. In fact, we were granted permission to hold the last public collection at Maine Road before their move to the Etihad Stadium.

"We are delighted to be associated with the club and it is obvious from this donation that the Hospice is still held in high regard by many supporters."

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