My name is Stuart Alves, MBE, but Wolves Blog readers might know me better as StuWolf.
Like all of you, I’m a massive Wolves fan. My wife Jenny and I are season ticket holders and regularly attend away games and U21’s matches.
In January I joined the Wolves Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) as an able bodied member to try and improve conditions and human rights for our Disabled fans – both at Molineux and when visiting away grounds.
This is a cause I feel passionate about and well qualified to support following 33 years with the Staffordshire Emergency Ambulance Service.
I also ran a very successful Charity from 1999 until 2013 after being asked to take part in a Government project to assist the former Yugoslavia in Sarajevo during the first ever Bosnian conflict at the request of the then Prime minister John Major.
My charity has since donated and delivered some £8.5 million of Humanitarian aid in the form of Ambulances, Hospital equipment and medical supplies to the peoples of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Nigeria and Ukraine. This, in case you were wondering, is why I was awarded my MBE.
Anyway, that’s my potted history. Back to the matter at hand…
Last year I made a decision that I wanted to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, so this year on July 24th and over a period of 14 days, I’m going to do just that, raising money for the Wolves Disabled Supporters Association (DSA).
This will entail cycling an average of 70 – 80 miles per day and a distance of around 1020 miles in total. As a 63 year old supporter with a very fragile heart (from being a Wolves fan) this is no easy task, but it’s a long time personal goal and a great opportunity to raise funds for a wonderful cause.
My hope is that the money will help the DSA establish their Association, gain a better quality of life and enjoy a more comfortable viewing experience at our beloved Molineux.
I am asking all Wolves management, players, staff and fans near and far to find it within their hearts to think of our disabled supporters who like all of us enjoy attending games, but who often have to suffer harsh and uncomfortable conditions.
The Wolves Disabled Supporters Association and the fans Parliament are working alongside Wolves FC to see what can be done. From experience, I know more could be done if we could find funding.
As part of my medical teaching role I was fortunate enough to work with the Porto FC Doctor at the Man Utd European Qualifying game a few years back, when I saw the luxurious conditions afforded to their disabled fans. It left me speechless, but that experience has only made me more determined to help our guys & girls with basic Human rights.
Please I beg you, if you can find it in your hearts, help me support these wonderful fans of ours. Our big claim to fame is “that we are a family club”, I have seen such generosity from Wolves supporters over the years for numerous causes, there surely can be no better cause than this one.
And that means all of us, able bodied or disabled alike we all share the same passion – The Wolves. It’s just that some of us have had to endure hardships able bodied fans cannot comprehend just to watch a game.
Thank you in anticipation, we’ll be setting up forms for sponsorship (ask me in the comments if you’d like to help collecting) or you can simply send donations directly to the Wolves Disabled Supporters Association.
Stuart Alves, MBE
Wolves Fan since Autumn 1961