Posted: Thu 7th Dec 2023

Whistle-stop Wrexham tour for final Kop barrier ahead of charity raffle!

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 7th, 2023

The last Kop Barrier has taken a whistle-stop tour of Wrexham ahead of a charity raffle.

Phil Salmon, from AEC Engineering and Wrexham Supporters Trust, donated the last Kop Barrier to Nightingale House Hospice to help to raise money through a raffle to help fund vital funds for patient care.

Taking the Kop Barrier on tour around Wrexham, Phil and his team from AEC Engineering have been working hard to raise awareness of the raffle.

Barriers were removed as part of the dismantling of the Kop in preparation for its reconstruction to increase the Racecourse’s capacity from 10,000 to 15,000.

Phil Salmon, Director of AEC Engineering, explained why he and Wrexham Supporters Trust chose to donate the last Kop Barrier to Nightingale House Hospice.

“I’m a big supporter of the hospice, and I thought it’d be a nice thing to do to raise money for the invaluable work that they do caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses,” explained Phil.

“The Kop has great significance as part of Wrexham’s history.

“With this being the last one, we thought it would be nice to raise as much money as we could to help the hospice and give a fan a chance that perhaps couldn’t have avoided 300 pounds to buy one and instead buy a £5 raffle ticket to be in the chance of winning the very last Kop Barrier.”

The Kop Barrier tour included stops at the Arc Sculpture in Wrexham town centre, The Fat Boar, The Turf, and Nightingale House Hospice, where the lucky winner will be announced at 12pm on Friday 8th December.

Phil discussed people’s reactions as they have seen the Kop Barrier around Wrexham: “Lots of people have said, what’s happening?

“Then we tell them it’s for a raffle, and the proceeds are going towards Nightingale House Hospice, and then we give them the link.

“We’ve been sharing the link on our social media platforms, and it’s had a really good response.”

Talking about why people should buy a ticket, Phil said: “This is the very last Kop Barrier, there is no more.

“It’s a piece of history from the oldest international stadium in the world still in use.

“If you are a Wrexham fan, or even if you’re a Wales fan, to have something like that in your, in your garden or your mancave or wherever you decide to put it, would be just unbelievable.

“I’d say, if you can, get a ticket for £5, help raise money for Nightingale House Hospice and be in the chance of winning this fantastic prize!”

The draw for the very last Kop barrier will be made at 12pm on Friday 8 December. Tickets, costing £5, can be bought here.



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