Business donates £1,000 to help vandal-hit football ground

Washington Colliery FC are feeling a warm glow after the Washington Fireplace & Stove Centre donated cash for kit after the club's HQ was vandalised. Pictured, clockwise from front, are Fireplace Centre manager Gary Bell with John Kelly, Barrie Davison,  Ray Lowery and Sandy Taylor from the club.

Washington Colliery FC are feeling a warm glow after the Washington Fireplace & Stove Centre donated cash for kit after the club's HQ was vandalised. Pictured, clockwise from front, are Fireplace Centre manager Gary Bell with John Kelly, Barrie Davison, Ray Lowery and Sandy Taylor from the club.

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A FIREPLACE salesroom has scored with a nearby football team which was left devastated after vandals targeted its ground.

The Echo reported earlier this year that Washington Colliery FC’s dressing rooms at its Albany pitch were trashed in a wrecking spree.

Wrecked... the changing facilities at Washington Football club have been totally trashed beyond repair after a break-in.

Wrecked... the changing facilities at Washington Football club have been totally trashed beyond repair after a break-in.

Yobs smashed up doors and dressings rooms, ripped up walls and even stole kit from the club, leaving players and management alike broken-hearted.

But the Washington community rallied around the club, which has under-17, 15 and 13 teams in addition to its senior side who play in the Sunderland Sunday League, and a major fund-raising campaign has so far brought in hundreds of pounds.

Now, Washington Fireplace Centre, based in Elswick Road, has donated £1,000 to the club so that officials can buy new kit, balls and nets.

Gary Bell, of the fireplace centre, said the firm wanted to get involved in donating to the club after seeing the disgraceful attack on its property.

The club’s only just a mile down the road from us so after we saw what happened we were happy to help

Gary Bell, Washington Fireplace Centre

“The club’s only just a mile down the road from us so after we saw what happened we were happy to help,” said Mr Bell.

“We do things at Christmas like toy appeals and it’s good to give someone a hand when they need it.”

Bosses have set an overall fund-raising target of £4,500 to repair the damage done.

Those wanting to donate to the club’s appeal can go to http://www.gofundme.com/lzx3ec.

Wrecked... the changing facilities at Washington Football club have been totally trashed beyond repair after a break-in.

Wrecked... the changing facilities at Washington Football club have been totally trashed beyond repair after a break-in.