Preston Donate £2,000 to Stricken Bolton Employees

  • May 14, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Preston North End have donated shopping vouchers to the value of £2,000 to employees of crisis-club Bolton Wanderers.

Staff at the University of Bolton Stadium are still awaiting payment of salaries for the month of April, while playing and coaching personnel haven't received a full wage since February - with the Professional Footballers' Association forced to provide a temporary loan to fund a portion of March's payroll.

On Tuesday, it emerged the club - fronted by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust - had opened an emergency food bank within the stadium, with employees free to take fresh food, tinned goods, toiletries and more as they continue to fight ongoing uncertainty.

The Trotters became the first EFL club to enter into administration in six years on Monday and club chaplain Phil Mason admits the support from local businesses and so-called rival football clubs has been well received amongst staff.

"We're grateful for the support," Mason told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Often there is this perception that within football, people are paid a king's ransom, but of course the reality is that a lot of staff behind the scenes are on significantly low wages.

"They've got mortgages or rent to pay, they may have something coming up within their family and they've got food to put on the table as well as get to and from work.

"It's tremendous that we've had support from a Championship club. They have donated a significant amount in terms of Asda and Sainsbury's vouchers so we can use those in order to get additional provisions for the food supplies that we're offering to staff.

"It's incredibly stressful for staff, there's no doubt about that.

"The reality is, one in three or four people will have mental health issues and they can be triggered by a whole variety of things, not least of course the fact a person has not been paid or is not sure when they will be paid.

"They're anxious about the future of the organisation they work for, they don't know whether they're going to be kept on or made redundant and all those issues end up in places of stress and anxiety and that has an impact upon relationships at home, at work, and how they feel about themselves and their own self worth."

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