Cobblers fan will dish out food in Vietnam in return for donations to supporters’ trust’s £100k campaign

Michael Bones says he will hand out a bowl of 'pho' - a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish - to children in the country for every �3 donation handed to the Northampton Town supporters' trust camapign.
Michael Bones says he will hand out a bowl of 'pho' - a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish - to children in the country for every �3 donation handed to the Northampton Town supporters' trust camapign.

A Cobblers fan’s promise to provide food to Vietnamese children in return for donations to Northampton Town’s trust has proved so successful he will have to shell out for more than 300 meals.

Lifelong supporter Michael Bones has lived in the South East Asian country for the past four years and says he is “shocked and angered” at the events surrounding his home team at the moment.

But the 24-year-old is doing his bit to help the Northampton Town Football Club Supporters’ Trust raise £100,000.

This week he has launched fund-raising campaign ‘Food Pho Three’ in which he has pledged to hand out a bowl of ‘pho’ - a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish pronounced “fur” - to a “person in need” for every £3 donation given to the supporters trust.

So far his campaign - labelled ‘Pho for three’ on the trust’s Justgiving webpage - has raised more than £500. He says a total of 300 individual donations could be made by next week.

He said: “On a personal level I have so many fond memories of going to games with my dad.

“To see what has happened is really sad.

“It is very difficult to motivate people who aren’t in the football community to give to a struggling football club.

“So I wanted to think of something that has more than one motive and this seems to be going really well.”

Mr Bones said he plans to visit orphanages, local parks and poorer districts of Ho Chi Minh City to hand out the bowls of pho.

The production manager for a footwear company, who originally began working as a teacher in Vietnam, said the majority of people there work in poor conditions and rely on basic foods such as white rice and vegetables.

He is planing to run the campaign until 6pm (UK time), on Thursday, November 12 and will hand out of the bowls of Phoở between Saturday, November 14, and the following day with donor’s names on.

“I will be sure to document people’s donation with many pictures to show where and who the gift went to and share them to my ‘Food Pho Three’ Facebook page,” he added.

Meanwhile the supporters’ trust fundraising bid currently stands just below the £30,000 mark.

So far more than £5,000 has been raised by businesses alone.

The supporters’ trust is currently offering local firms the chance to donate £200 and have an advert feature in an A5-sized pamphlet, which will be handed out at the Cobblers’ home game against Mansfield on Saturday, November 14.

The trust will also post a link of the donating firms on its website, tweet support for the firms on its account and offer 12 months of free website hosting, including email support, from www.seventy9.co.uk

In addition, the business will be entered into a draw to win a 10ft West Stand rear wall advertising board for the remainder of the season - worth in excess of £500, which has been donated by the club.

The production costs of the board have been waived by Signs Express Northampton.

If you would like to take part contact Shane Webster at shane@seventy9.co.uk, or call him on 07970078386.

So far 31 businesses have taken part.

To give directly to the supporters’ trust Just Giving campaign to raise £100,000, head to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ntfctrust