The club have selected their two charitY partners for this season.
Brighton & Hove Albion have selected Sussex-based charities Extratime and The Sussex Beacon as the club’s two charity partners for the 2016/17 season.
The club will join forces with both charities over the course of the season, alongside its own charitable arm, Albion in the Community, and will continue to support a number of long-standing charity partners.
Extratime was founded by parents of children with severe disabilities to give them the opportunity to play and have fun. The charity opened its first after-school club for just ten children at Hillside School in Portslade back in 2003.
They now support around 500 children and young people at after-school clubs, holiday schemes, sports and dance projects, across Brighton, Hove and West Sussex every year. Over half of the children and young people they support have complex and diverse needs and disabilities.
These include profound and multiple learning and physical disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions, severe medical issues and life-limiting conditions. At Extratime, all of these youngsters get the specialist support they need to play, have fun and experience parts of life that most families take for granted.
The charity now needs to raise more than £100,000 every year to keep its much needed services running.
This new partnership will support those fundraising efforts, and is an opportunity to let the wider community in Brighton and Hove and beyond know about the vital work that the charity does to support families caring for their severely disabled children and young people.
Extratime’s chief executive Sam Price said: “We are really thrilled about the year ahead. We are looking forward to working with Brighton & Hove Albion, and their fabulous supporters and friends to help children and young people with disabilities in Sussex to have fun, try new things and make friends.
"We are a small charity, so this is an amazing opportunity for us to raise vital funds and introduce our young people, their parent carers and our staff to the community.”
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Local HIV charity, The Sussex Beacon, provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV each year. The charity offers both in-patient and out-patient services to improve health and promote independence.
Open 365 days a year, The Sussex Beacon’s centre in Brighton has a ten-bed in-patient unit, therapy rooms and larger rooms for group work.
People using the services have diverse needs; some may be living with serious HIV related illnesses and others may need emotional support or could be starting complex new drug therapies.
Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as Brighton & Hove Albion’s charity partner. Money raised will go directly towards our work, helping people living with HIV across Sussex. Not only that, but the support from the club will also help us raise awareness of HIV and tackle stigma. We can’t wait to get stuck in on matchdays, meeting the fans and fundraising for our vital services.”
The Sussex Beacon was recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator and provides high-quality care and support in a friendly and homely environment.
The club and Albion in the Community also work with a number of national and local charities on an ongoing basis, including the Royal British Legion, Tickets for Troops, Children in Need, Sport Relief, Sussex Heart Charity, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, Kick it Out, Football v Homophobia and Show Racism the Red Card.
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