A West Cumbrian amateur football club has received a fantastic donation over the weekend from a successful and well loved local athlete.

Whitehaven Miners Football Club received a sum of £4000 from England and Manchester United star Dean Henderson.

The club have been trying for a number of months to raise money to improve their pitch that has become badly flooded.

Lee Coan, a Coach at Whitehaven Miners, said: "It made my day that Dean Henderson has decided to help but this isn't the first time.

"He's remembering his grassroots and this is where everything began for him.

"Dean used to come and train on this pitch as a youth and I imagine that it means a lot to him.

"His first memory was at this club."

Henderson, who is originally from Whitehaven, played for Whitehaven Miners during his younger days.

The club had posted about their volunteers who had been working tirelessly to clear water off the pitch.

Within a day Henderson had donated £4000 to their Just Giving page.

His mother and two other family members also donated £50 each totalling £4150 from the family over the course of the weekend.

Lee explained that Henderson has done bits to help the club over the years since he has risen to fame.

We were told that one of his shirts is on display in the club house and that he will sometimes come to train on the pitch when he is back home.

The Miners have been doing other fundraising activities recently including a litter pick with their under 13s team.

The youths made their way around Whitehaven cleaning up the town whilst also raising the essential funds.

Other people have been sending donations to help their club to reach their target of £5000.

A spokesperson from Whitehaven Miners added:

"Over previous seasons, our playing time has been cut short due to the flooding over recent years meaning that playing games and training sometimes isn't feasible.

"Our aim is to address this problem using a competent contractor to install new drainage on the field a cost of £100k.

"We as a club have enquired about grants with relevant local and national bodies.

"The only issue is that to apply for the grant we need to be actively fundraising and must raise 25% of the total requested amount therefore we need to hit the 25k mark.