Young Blues player leads fundraiser for late coach

A young attacker from Blues RTC under 11s is honouring her late coach, Dean Prentice, by raising funds to support those suffering from bowel cancer, the disease that tragically took Dean from us too soon.

This week, 11-year-old Paulina Sielaczek swapped her training gear for a hairdresser’s cape, as she had her trademark flowing locks cut off to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK – an organisation that researches the disease and provides care and counsel for anyone going through treatment.

Paulina set out to raise a target of £100, but thanks to support from her teammates at all age groups, she has surpassed the £650 mark – and now we’re calling on Blues fans to make sure her donation keeps rising.

Speaking about Dean, Paulina said: “Dean was like family to me, he always had a smile on his face and was a very good friend. As a coach, he was very supportive, encouraging and was a brilliant role model, a person to look up to. 

“He helped me through the tough days and the good days even if it was just little things. I’ve been thinking for months about what I can do that would make him proud and support a good cause. He always did a lot for me at my time playing football so now I can give something from myself.”

The coaches at Blues wanted to recognise the dedicated fundraising Paulina has been doing and gifted the young forward with a match-worn World Cup shirt from local hero Karen Carney.

If you’d like to donate to Paulina’s fundraiser in support of true Bluenose Dean Prentice. Or find out more information about Bowel Cancer UK, hit the Donate Now button.