A fundraising appeal launched by Albion in the Community (AITC) to help local people with a disability return to playing football following the lockdown has achieved its target.
With the generous support of fans and local businesses, the appeal, that was launched in November, has now raised the £12,600 it needed to replace redundant equipment for the powerchair football sessions. AITC appealed for fans to help as many of the charity’s participants with a disability had been unable to return to their regular football sessions following the pandemic lockdown.
More than 80 fans made individual donations to the appeal alongside generous gifts from Tysers insurance brokers and 14 local co-operative retail stores that are part of the Southern Co-op.
Due to a lack of use in the past year, several of the charity’s powerchairs were no longer fit for purpose and needed donations to purchase new ones, ensuring that players with a disability could have the best sessions to return to.
Mark Barkaway, who heads up fundraising for AITC expressed his thanks, “We’re so grateful for all of the gifts that we received for this appeal. It will enable us to buy new powerchairs for our sessions and make a huge difference to help people with a disability to attend our sessions and enjoy playing football again.”
To find out more about the award-wining work of Albion in the Community, visit: www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk.