Local charity Off the Fence has expressed gratitude to Brighton & Hove Albion for the club’s support during the past 12 months.
The Sussex-based charity, which was established in 1994 by local people with shared a vision to end poverty in all its forms, within and around Brighton & Hove, was a charity partner with the club during the 2014/15 season.
Hannah Lyon, fundraiser for Off the Fence, said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Albion from all of us at Off the Fence! We had fantastic support in the form of a huge ‘Don’t Dump It, Donate It’ clothing collection at the Fulham game, along with bucket collections and we had the opportunity to spread the word about our work with supporters at half-time.”
Charity CEO Paul Young added, “It was fantastic to be announced as a charity partner for the season and a privilege to work alongside the terrific team at the Albion.”
All the money raised through the partnership went straight into Off the Fence’s frontline work with students in schools around the city; Gateway, the charity’s centre for women facing crisis; and Antifreeze, their homeless outreach and day centre.
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Many will remember back in November 2014 when some of the club’s own staff, led by ex-player Guy Butters, slept out on the street to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people and raise money for Antifreeze.
Sara Emerson, Antifreeze manager, said, “Raising money is vital for us to support those we meet on the streets and visitors to our homeless centre, but raising awareness is just as important.
“We had a full storeroom for many months thanks to the generosity of clothing donations. Thank you to the Albion for all their help last season.”
The club wants to continue supporting local charities and is now inviting expressions of interest from Sussex-based registered charities, to become one of the club’s official charity partners for the 2015/16 season.
Local charities have until 1st August to submit an application, which can be found on the club’s website seagulls.co.uk.
The club’s charity committee will select two new local charities to be supported during the 2015/16 season – alongside the club's existing long-term charity partners.