Bradford City set to sparkle for Axl!

Bradford City will be spreading some sparkle in support of Bradford Hospitals’ Charity’s Christmas fundraising campaign – ‘Spread some sparkle for Axl’.

While City staff will be going sparkly  this Friday, the club is inviting supporters to wear some sparkle at Saturday’s match (15 December), when the Bantams face Walsall (3.00pm).

And Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is urging fans to show their support by raising their phone torches to make the stadium sparkle for Axl!

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “We are thrilled to have the support of Bradford City in our Sparkle for Axl campaign! Bradford City is a real family football club and so it’s wonderful that we can join forces to raise money in memory of such popular little boy.

“We would be delighted if City fans would show their support at the Walsall game on Saturday December 15 – by raising their phone torches to make the stadium sparkle for Axl. Let’s make City sparkle!”

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity launched its ‘Spread some sparkle for Axl’ campaign last month at The Broadway, Bradford, to raise money for Axl’s Toy Fund. Axl Walker was a former patient at Bradford Royal Infirmary who sadly passed away earlier this year, three days before his third birthday. Axl had a rare blood disorder and had to have regular blood transusions at the BRI, and he had two bone marrow transplants.

As part of the campaign, the people of Bradford are being urged to wear something sparkly on Friday 14 December and donate to Axl’s Toy Fund. The fund pays for toys, specialist play equipment and activities for children receiving treatment throughout the year.

Axl’s mum, Claire Gearie, of Wibsey, Bradford, is proud to be keeping her son’s memory alive by raising money to help other young people who are in hospital.

If you want to join and ‘Spread some Sparkle for Axl’, get in touch and register your fundraising event by CLICKING HERE

The Bantams will also be visiting the BRI and St Luke’s Hospital in the lead up to Christmas.

If anyone would like to donate any toys or treats for the players to give to the children when they visit, please contact Bradford City on 01274 773355 or visit the 1911 Reception.

Whilst supporting the campaign, Bradford City is also celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service by giving NHS staff the chance to watch the next two City home games for just £5 per fixture!

Any active member of NHS staff is invited to purchase a maximum of two hugely-discounted tickets, meaning you and a family member or friend can enjoy Sky Bet League One action for only £10. More information is at

You can support our Spread some sparkle for Axl campaign by donating at

To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit Alternatively, contact Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email [email protected]

Hayley Collis is pictured left, with Bradford City Commercial Manger Michael Shackleton (centre), and Axl’s mum Claire Gearie (right).