Two young Rovers fans, who are wearing shorts for school throughout winter in memory of their late mum, today received support from their favourite footballers.
Brothers Tom, 10, and Jack Mayoh, 8, are raising money for East Lancashire Hospice, who cared for their mum Louise in the final weeks of her battle with cancer, before she passed away aged just 39 in July.
The boys, who attend St Barnabas School in Darwen, set themselves an initial target of £1,000, but have now surpassed £6,000!
To reward their fantastic fundraising efforts, the club invited them to spend the day with their heroes at Rovers’ Brockhall base, where they watched training, before meeting manager Tony Mowbray and the first team squad at the end of the session.
The youngsters were then given a pair of signed gloves by goalkeeper David Raya – after successfully scoring a penalty past him – as well as a signed pair of Kasey Palmer’s boots. The brothers also got the chance to eat lunch in the players’ canteen, where they collected yet more autographs and photos, before being given an exclusive tour of the facilities.
Proud dad Gareth said: “Louise was a great mum. Each morning in the summer she would alternate between long trousers and shorts depending on the weather.
“When Louise died, to help me, the boys just wore their shorts. We only realised the other day that they have gone the whole summer in their shorts – and we joked that they might as well wear them all winter too!
“The boys had a think about it and said they wanted to do it to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice, so they’ll be wearing their shorts for school every day regardless of the weather until March 20th 2019 – the first day of spring.
“We only created the page a few days ago and already the donations have come flooding in. They love checking who has donated each morning before school.”
To support the brothers in their charity challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/Tom-JackMayoh to donate.