Yate Town FC’s Pay What You Want Day

Charlie the bear

Yate Town Football Club’s Pay What You Want fixture proved to be a great success. Despite the wet weather that proceeded the game the match went ahead and a season’s best crowd of 464 attended the fixture against Exmouth Town and were treated to five goals as the Bluebells turned an entertaining performance to win 4-1. The team even had a photo with Charlie The Bear, the GWAAC mascot, before the game.

Charlie the Bear with the team

Yate Town Chairman Mark Thorne commented, “It was a fantastic day seeing both the fire service and GWAAC on site promoting what they do. We’re so happy we choose GWAAC as the club’s charity this season, raising money and awareness for such a great cause, look forward to seeing them back at the South West Interiors Stadium later in the season and will continue to support them with more events.”

This day helped bring the community down to see their local football team as well as raising money for the club’s charity of the season – the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. The club presented a cheque to the GWAAC for £720 linked to the fund-raising effort of Chairman Mark Thorne, which via a GoFundMe page, raised this amount linked to his walking marathon around the pitch on 1st October. The club also held a bucket collection in the aid of GWAAC who also had a stall at the match selling their merchandise and fans were also able to take photographs with their mascot, Charlie the Bear.

Cheque Presentation
Bucket Collection for GWAAC

Philippa Walker from the GWAAC reflected, “Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) were delighted to be invited down to Yate Town’s recent fixture, as part of this ongoing partnership with the Club. It was a great chance to meet some of the fans, talk about the life saving work we do in Yate and beyond and thank Mark for his amazing marathon! Our critical care crew have attended two patients for separate incidents in Yate since last Friday, so the funds raised through the Club’s efforts, Mark’s walk and the fan’s generosity is so very appreciated.”


A group of children from Yate United Under 10s were also at the game, cheering the team as they entered the pitch just before kick-off, waving flags and were also mascots for the day.

fire engine with people

There was also a fire engine and ice cream van at the ground.

The club were also able to support a local student with his media studies as the day will be part of a project that he is doing at college.