Bolton Wanderers can announce that £35,000 has currently been raised through public donations for the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund.

Contributions have flooded in locally and from across the globe, with a number of individuals partaking in truly unique initiatives to raise funds.

These have ranged from the Houghton Weavers rereleasing their famous Lion of Vienna song with money raised through sales going directly to the fund (click here for more details), while a group of fans plan on completing a sponsored skydive.

Elsewhere, members of Wanderers staff and family and friends plan on completing the Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours.

The Nat Lofthouse beer, produced by Dunscar Breweries, has a percentage of sales donated to the fund and has proved a big hit in and around the town.

A significant donation has also been made by Nat's family - the amount of which they have asked to remain undisclosed.

Club Chaplain Phil Mason said: "It has been a fantastic response and we are well on the way to meet our fundraising target. The fans have been absolutely superb.

"The family will now spend time considering which image they would like as the statue from the three chosen by the supporters."

The club recently revealed that the memorial garden which will encompass the statue will be located at the front of the stadium in the south-west corner.

Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn has begun his preparatory work at his Suffolk-based workshop and has also been involved in a number of fund-raising initiatives.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund, simply click here.