Football and baking are lining up at a game and for a good cause in Spalding next Saturday.
Spalding United supporter and mascot Peter Bailey (ten) will be urging Tulips fans to support the town’s players against Derbyshire side Belper Town in a match which starts at 3pm on March 18.
But spectators for both clubs will also be asked to dig deep for Peter’s Great Bake Sale at pitchside which is raising money ahead of World Autism Awareness Week from March 27 to April 2.
The event has been brought forward a week from its original date and Peter said: “We’ll have a table at the side of the pitch and some collection boxes where people can give to the National Autistic Society.
“We would like to see lots and lots of people please to come along and support us, while watching the best team in the whole world at the same time.”
Peter, a pupil at Gosberton House Academy, was given VIP treatment by the football club as the star mascot for their game against Newcastle Town last November when he led the team out onto the pitch.
We would like to see lots and lots of people please to come along and support us, while watching the best team in the whole world at the same timePeter Bailey, Gosberton House Academy and Spalding United Football Club fan
Jo Bailey, Peter’s grandmother, said: “He’s very excited and looking forward to the Great Bake Sale and we’d like to thank everyone at Spalding United for all they have done in allowing us to have it.”
A Spalding United spokesman said: “When we heard of Peter’s plan to hold a bake sale at our home match next Saturday to support the National Autistic Society’s World Autism Awareness Week campaign, the football club was delighted to say ‘Yes’.
“Peter will be in attendance with his nan Jo between 1.30pm and 5pm when he is hoping to sell out of his home-baked treats and raise as much funds as possible for the National Autistic Society.
“As well as his baked goodies, Peter will also have a Guess The Bear’s Name competition and a How Many Sweets In The Jar promotion, bound to be a favourite amongst the Tulips players.
“Already assured of legendary status at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field and beyond for his infectious enthusiasm, joy and willingness to help whenever he can, Peter is one of those special people who leave others feeling better having simply been in his presence.
“We wish Peter the very best of luck in his fund-raising efforts for the National Autistic Society and look forward to buying and munching some of his baked goodies on Saturday, March 18.