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Waller hopes Summer Fete will make a difference

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Ethan Waller, who was behind the Saints’ Summer Fete at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, says that he hopes the funds raised from the afternoon will make a real difference to the charities the fete supported.

Thousands of pounds were raised on Saturday and Waller said it was great that the Saints could host such an event for charity.

“It’s just fantastic that we can put on something like this, give back, and hopefully make a difference,” said Waller.

The charities that will benefit from the money raised are Give Sam a Hand, which is helping to fund a prosthetic limb for 21-year old Saints supporter Sam Desborough, and Alfie Bear’s Journey, which raises money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Waller also went on to praise the efforts of his fellow Saints players who helped out on the day by running stalls and activities: “Everyone has been keen to get involved and it’s made the day what it is.

“The lads all bought into it really well, just like they did when we did the nativity; the team ethos has been fantastic."

In addition to games and activities, there was musical entertainment throughout the afternoon and local businesses also got involved on what was a hot and sunny afternoon at the Gardens.

“We’ve had some nice, young musicians coming in and helping us do some music and I’d like to thank all the local Northamptonshire business that either donated prizes, are here today or have got involved with us in some way. Whilst it’s been a massive day for charity, it’s also been a big celebration of Northampton as well.

“If it had been raining I don’t think it would have been anywhere near as good as it was so the weather really helped us out quite a lot!”