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Rachael's Day name chosen for Wolves charity collection to honour Baroness Heyhoe Flint

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An annual charity collection taking place at Molineux on Saturday has been named Rachael's Day in honour of Baroness Heyhoe Flint.

The pre-match collection in aid of wheelchair charity Power Pleas Trust was the brainchild of the Wolves vice-president and former England cricketer.

And to recognise her contribution to the good cause bosses have agreed the collection will henceforth be known as Rachael's Day.

Volunteers will be out in force ahead of Wolves home match against Blackburn and at half-time there will be a lap of honour featuring several beneficiaries of the charity's work.

Rachael died aged 77 in January following a short battle with cancer.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint

Power Pleas Trust Chairman, Keith Berry, said: "Rachael started the collection in 1995 and it was her idea to have a Wolves wheelchair collection.

"The collection had gone ahead every year since then and the total money raised will now be in the region of around £50,000.

"It has been decided with the agreement of Tettenhall Rotary Club, who help organise the collection, and Rachael's son that it will now be called Rachael's Day." The charity tends to allocate the money raised from the annual collection to one individual and this year the money will be put towards a 'Strikeforce' powered football wheelchair. The chair will be donated for use by Telford Powerchair FC who were previously provided with four electrically powered wheelchairs when based in Wolverhampton in 2011.

Paula Davies is treasurer on the charity's committee having become involved after it provided her late son Michael with his first wheelchair.

She said: "Rachael was brilliant. She made such a difference and without people like her we probably would not be in the position we are now because it is such a small charity."

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