Date of release: 18 March 2021
A book featuring over 30 names from the past five decades of Wolves’ history has raised over £3,500 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity. ‘Tales of the Tape’ is a collection of stories from former Wolves players and managers told to Jason Guy, a Wolves fanatic and charity fundraiser. The stories initially appeared in the form of podcasts, but they proved so popular they were turned into a hardback publication, proving a big hit with fans.
Jason Guy, baby daughter Olivia and the 'Tales From The Tape' book
Jason, who lives in Cannock, decided to raise funds for the Trust’s Neonatal department at New Cross Hospital after his baby daughter Olivia was treated there. Profits from sales of the book are being divided between the Trust, Breast Cancer Now, and the Steve Bull Foundation, which provides grants to organisations primarily in the West Midlands who specialise in in assisting young people, the disabled, the homeless, the sick and the disadvantaged. Jason has raised thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Now in memory of his first wife Lucy, who sadly passed away with the disease.
“I’m overwhelmed by the response and generosity by the support the book has generated,” said Jason, 43, who runs staff recruitment firm Staff Today based a stone’s throw from Molineux in Wolverhampton city centre. “The fact it has gone all over the world makes it more special, but the real pleasure is being able to support the amazing charities we have. One day Olivia will read it and see the difference she has made!”
Over 950 of the 1,000 copies printed have been sold since the book was launched last month. Forty special editions of the book, signed by 10 or more of the Molineux favourites, are still to be auctioned or raffled off, the funds from which Jason hopes will boost the total amount raised for the Trust to £5,000, with his total target £10,000. So far the books have been sold as far afield as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, Norway, Sweden and Spain as well as all over the UK. Over £3,200 has been paid to the Trust with a further £355 arriving via a Just Giving page, with a similar amount received by Breast Cancer Now and £1,561 donated to the Steve Bull Foundation.
Rachel Robinson, Trust Community and Events Fundraiser, said: “We are delighted with the response to the book and thrilled by the generosity of Jason’s donation. It will really benefit staff and patients.”
Priced at £20, the hardback publication is still available via the Wolves Megastore and a paperback version is being published next month to meet demand.
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