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Bruno's charity pledges

Former Brighton & Hove Albion skipper Bruno has donated £15,000 to charities at home and abroad, from the gate receipts collected for the pre-season friendly with Valencia at the Amex.

By Paul Camillin • 15 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Bruno has donated £15,000 to charities both at home and abroad.

Albion won the match 2-1 against the Champions League side, with goals from Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy, and the club committed to donate 25% of the profits from the fixture to charities selected by club legend Bruno, and he selected three charities.

A donation of £4,600 goes to Sussex-based children’s charity Chestnut Tree House, who provide hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions throughout East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and South East Hampshire.

The same amount also goes to the Common Goal charity, which Bruno is already a member. He regularly donates 1% of his salary to the project launched by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, whose members include Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, US international Megan Rapinhoe and Albion’s Leon Balogun.

The balance of £5,800 will be donated to a special Chad-based football school run by Bruno’s father to help educate pupils, using the power of football.

Bruno said, “I wanted a spread of local and international charities, but importantly ones which are personal to me. Chestnut Tree House is a great charity in my local community, and they are a great cause, and one I have been proud to support during my time with the club.

“Common Goal is a great platform and a brilliant initiative, which reaches all around the world, and it shows just how powerful football can be.

“The third one is very personal to me. My dad is a doctor and has been going to the third world for the last 25 years, and at the moment he is working in a hospital in Chad, in Africa. Working with a local priest, he has started a football school, which uses the power of the game to educate and bring joy into the lives of many people.

“These are three projects that are all making a difference, and I am proud that Albion fans have helped me to support them in this way. It shows whatever the action, big or small, it can make a big difference to people’s lives.”

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