The club's charitable arm raised an incredible amount of money.
Generous Brighton & Hove Albion fans helped AITC raise more than £30,000, as the Seagulls won 5-0 against Norwich City on Saturday.
AITC recently launched its Get us to the Match campaign, which raises funds to cover the cost of a new wheelchair-accessible minibus to help transport players from its disability teams to and from their matches. The new minibus will also be used to help fans who have a disability get to and from Albion away games.
The campaign was timed to coincide with the charity’s takeover day against Norwich City and the matchday also included a focus on AITC’s disability football work.
A bucket collection before and after the game and a range of other fundraising activities, including a silent auction, mascot place raffle and sales of matchday lottery tickets, helped push the overall total raised at the game to more than £17,000.
An anonymous supporter of the charity has offered to match funds raised by the campaign.
The money raised at the weekend, together with the match-funding, means AITC can now go ahead and order the new minibus. Any money raised over the eventual cost of the minibus will go towards funding AITC’s award-winning disability football work.
The charity now runs 35 regular football sessions for people with a disability, attended by more than 300 people every month.
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Matt Dorn, interim chief executive officer at AITC, was overwhelmed by the support Seagulls fans had shown the charity.
He said, “We have always benefited hugely from the generosity of Albion supporters, but to raise so much around one game is amazing.
“Brighton fans are really proud of the work carried out by AITC and the money will make a genuine difference.
“On behalf of everyone at Albion in the Community, I would like to thank all the Brighton fans who donated – particularly the generous supporter who has match-funded the campaign – as well as the many visiting Norwich City fans who also contributed to our collection.
“The work we do is only possible because of the continued support we receive. Raising in excess of £30,000 will have a hugely-beneficial impact on the many participants who attend our sessions.”
Donations can still be made online at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/get-us-to-the-match and AITC will be auctioning off a selection of the home shirts used during Saturday’s win.
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